Carya laciniosa ~ Shellbark Hickory-ServeScape
Carya laciniosa ~ Shellbark Hickory-ServeScape
Carya laciniosa ~ Shellbark Hickory-ServeScape
Carya laciniosa ~ Shellbark Hickory-ServeScape
Carya laciniosa ~ Shellbark Hickory-ServeScape
Carya laciniosa ~ Shellbark Hickory-ServeScape

Shellbark Hickory

Carya laciniosa

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  • Delivery to Greater Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC & Tallahassee, FL area ONLY, within 5-7 business days. (Click HERE to see our Delivery Area Map)
  • Pickup in 3-5 business days from our Switchyard in Chamblee, GA       
    (Mon/Wed/Fri 11am-4pm - 3708 N Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA)
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Planning to install this yourself? We recommend a size 15 Gallon or smaller for DIY installations. These sizes do not require any offloading equipment.
Any tree or shrub that is sized by HEIGHT or CAL (Caliper- size where the trunk meets the root flare) is delivered with a large root ball wrapped in burlap (B&B). They are typically 1000+ LBS per plant. They will require heavy equipment to install. Installation is not included in the price of the plant. We highly recommend adding the ServeScape ‘One-Click’ Installation service (must be added at the cart page) for material of this size, or working with a contractor that can provide equipment for installation.

For any tree or shrub that is sized larger than 10’ HEIGHT or 3” CAL, the customer will be required to provide offloading equipment or a contractor to offload unless paying for installation through ServeScape. We will coordinate delivery with you so that your contractor can have equipment ready upon your plant's arrival!
**Dormancy Note - This plant is currently dormant for the winter! It is available for purchase! Your delivered plant may be dormant, or showing very little top growth. However, you can still plant! These plants are putting all their energy into root production, so they will be ready to thrive in the spring! If you have any issues with your plant the following peak season, you can fill out our return request form to request a replacement plant.

Shellbark Hickory is a large native deciduous tree with a narrow rounded crown and exfoliating bark that develops sheets as it ages.  The dark green compound leaves turn yellow to golden-brown in fall.  Non-showy gendered spring catkins can give way to sweet husked nuts, but only starts producing after 10-20 years of age.  Grows best in full sun and rich, moist well-drained soils. 

Carya laciniosa is a host plant for the Hickory Horned Devil.




Northeast N. America


60’ - 80’ 


40’ - 60’



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 8


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MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low maintenance.  Difficult to transplant due to taproot.  Large trees can produce considerable litter with twigs, leaves, and nuts.   No serious disease or pests.  Hickory bark beetle, pecan weevil, borers and twig girdler can be problems in some areas. White heart rot, anthracnose, leaf blotch, powdery mildew, leaf spot, cankers, catkin blight, crown gall and scab are occasional diseases.

LANDSCAPE USES: Specimen planting or mass plantings, Woodland GardenNaturalized AreasNative Garden, and Shade Tree.

COMPANION PLANTS: Yellow Birch, Oakleaf Hydrangea, Bottlebrush Buckeye

IMAGES: Photoset by Plant Image LibraryCarya laciniosa (Shellbark Hickory) (1)+(2), (2) Agnieszka Kwiecień, NovaCarya laciniosa Orzesznik siedmiolistkowy 2019-06-01 06CC BY-SA 4.0, (3) Photo by F. D. RichardsCarya ovata () Photo: F.D.Richards, SE Michigan, 4/2021 - Shagbark Hickory, (4) Plant Image Library from Boston, USA, Carya laciniosa (Shellbark Hickory) (33645990243)CC BY-SA 2.0, (5) Agnieszka Kwiecień, NovaCarya laciniosa Orzesznik siedmiolistkowy 2019-06-01 03CC BY-SA 4.0

*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.

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