Carya ovata, Shagbark Hickory

Size: tree, 60-80' average height at maturity

Buds: imbricate, large terminal .5-1", lower bud scales usually loosely arranged, laterals smaller and often superposed at about 45 degree angles to twig

Leaves: deciduous, alternate, pinately compound, 5-7 leaflets, each 4-6" long by .5-2.5" wide, elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, serrate, dark yellow-green in summer, rich yellow or golden brown in fall

Twigs: leaf scars large, triangular, branchlets stout, relatively few, many lenticels

Flowers: monoecious, males in axillary catkins, females in terminal spikes

Fruit: roundish, thick-shelled fruit up to 1.5", nut shell angled, sweet edible seed

Bark: gray or brown, conspicuously shaggy in long sheets or strips