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Hickory (Carya ovata)

The main two species are Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata) and Shellbark Hickory (Carya laciniosa).

A deciduous Tree growing to 30 m (98ft) by 15 m (49ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone 4. It is in leaf 10-Jun It is in flower in June, and the nuts ripen from Oct to November. The flowers are pollinated by Wind.The plant is self-fertile.

The nuts can be eaten raw or cooked and used in pies, cakes, bread etc. Sweet and delicious. The shell is normally thick and hard but in selected cultivars it can be thin. The sap is sweet and it is tapped in spring and can be made into a syrup.

Prefers a deep moisture-retentive loam in a sunny sheltered position, requiring a good summer for best development.


  • Hickory Seeds

    The nuts of hickory trees are enclosed in a thick, woody husk that splits open when ripe. The nuts are oval-shaped and have a hard, brown shell. The kernels of hickory nuts are edible and have a rich, buttery flavor. Hickory nuts can be eaten raw, roasted, or used in a variety of dishes.

    When planting Hickory seeds, they produce 30cms of tap root with only 7cms of thin whispy tree tip growth.

  • Hickory Trees Barerooted

    Hickory seedlings produce 30cms of tap root with only 7cms of thin whispy tree tip growth.

    Please Note - We take orders for bare rooted trees from May onwards, but shipping is only normally during January to March.

    All trees are single stem maidens of varying sizes.

    If in doubt please ask.

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