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Juglandaceae -- Walnut family

    Richard C. Schlesinger

    Shellbark hickory (Carya laciniosa) is also called shagbark  hickory, bigleaf shagbark hickory, kingnut, big shellbark, bottom  shellbark, thick shellbark, and western shellbark, attesting to  some of its characteristics. It is a slow-growing long-lived  tree, hard to transplant because of its long taproot, and subject  to insect damage. The nuts, largest of all hickory nuts, are  sweet and edible. Wildlife and people harvest most of them; those  remaining produce seedling trees readily. The wood is hard,  heavy, strong, and very flexible, making it a favored wood for  tool handles. A specimen tree has been reported in Missouri with  117 cm (46.2 in) in d.b.h., 36.9 m (121 ft) tall, and a spread of  22.6 m (74 ft).


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Richard C. Schlesinger

Source: Silvics of North America

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