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Shagbark Hickory Carya ovata (Juglandaceae) HEIGHT to 20m. Upright or slightly spreading tree with a broad, flattened crown. BARK Grey, splits into long scaly flakes. BRANCHES In winter, sparse branches support reddish twigs tipped with scaly buds. LEAVES Compound, 5 (sometimes 3 or 7) leaflets, to 20cm long, longer near tip of leaf. Each leaflet is oval to oblong, toothed, with tufts of short white hairs between teeth. Terminal leaflet is short-stalked. Leaves leathery, sometimes oily. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Male catkins green, to 15cm long, in spreading clusters. Female flowers small, yellowish, in terminal clusters. Fruits round, to 6cm long, on short stalks; contain white seeds. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of E North America, planted here occasionally.
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