Carya ovata
  • Carya ovata
  • Carya ovata

Carya ovata


(Shag Bark Hickory) A superb tree, native to large areas of North America with bright green summer leaves that turn a glowing golden-yellow in autumn.

IMPORTANT - This plant can only be ordered for collection from nursery. It cannot be delivered!

Supplied Size
Supplied Size: 3L pots (young, seedling plants only)!

  £6.95 P&P for ANY number of plants to most of UK.

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A superb tree, native to large areas of eastern North America and one of the stars of the famous Westonbirt Arboretum with its green leaves that turn a glowing golden-yellow in autumn. A fantastic specimen tree and can in a good position produce sweet, edible seed when mature. Its eventual size makes it suitable for larger gardens or woodland areas.

Only recommended for patient gardeners happy to plant out a young specimen and watch it develop over the years.

IMPORTANT (PLEASE READ) - As a general rule, Carya grow poorly in containers and should be planted out when young before they develop a large tap root. Therefore the few plants we have available are very small at a seedling size and absolutely not for instant gratification! 

  • Position: Full sun or light, partial shade.
  • Soil: Fertile, well drained soil. Will tolerate chalky soils.
  • Hardiness: Hardy. Carya ovata will establish itself better in a warm garden.
  • Flowering Period: June.
  • Rate of Growth: Slow.
  • Habit: Carya ovata grows to be a medium sized or eventually large, stately tree.
    • Height: 25 - 30 m
    • Spread: 10 - 15 m

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun
Eventual Size
Tree - Medium (20 - 50 ft tall), Tree - Large (over 50 ft tall)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Dry / Sandy, Soil Type: Chalky / Alkaline
Special Features
Autumn Colour, Honey Fungus Resistant

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