Hardiness Zone: 5-8 Height: 60-80 feet; 18-24 metres Spread: 40-60 feet; 12-18 metres Sun: Full sun to part shade Water: Medium to wet Wildlife: Birds, especially feed on the many insects this tree attracts. These insects include moth and butterfly caterpillars, beetle larvae, aphids, and plant bugs. Various birds and mammals ranging from squirrels to foxes feed on the nuts. The tree also provides cover and nesting habitat for wildlife. Bloom Colour: Greenish-yellow Tolerates: Temporary spring flooding Culture: Prefers rich, moist, loamy or silty soil. Noteworthy Characteristics: Big Shellbark Hickory is a tall, deciduous tree with a narrow, rounded crown and a straight trunk. The bark is gray and pieces will partially peel away from the trunk making it look shaggy. The leaves are alternate and compound, usually with 5-9 leaflets. Each leaflet has finely serrated margins and the foliage turns yellow in the fall. The male flowers are catkins and the female flowers are spikes. The female flowers are later replaced by husk-encased nuts.
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