Shellbark Hickory
Leaf Characteristics
  • broad, flat
  • compound
  • pinnately compound
  • margins toothed
  • 3 end leaflets usually distinctly larger than basal leaflets
  • 7 to 11 leaflets
  • leaves very large
Shellbark Hickory
Fruit Characteristics
  • other fruit (not cone, winged, acorn, or in pod or capsule)
  • nut in a husk
  • thinner husk
  • husk 0.25" or more thick
  • nut yellowish white
  • nut pointed at base
Shellbark Hickory
Carya laciniosa

The bark of this tree is similar to that of the Shagbark Hickory, but often not quite as shaggy. The fruit is larger than other hickories in Ohio. This is a big tree and it prefers wet, fertile bottomland. It is found in widely separated parts of Ohio and is less common than either the Shagbark or Bitternut Hickories. The wood is similar to that of the Shagbark Hickory and is used in much the same way.

Tree Size height 30' - 60' diameter 1' - 3' Bark