One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

Today we have a tree mystery.

Mystery #108

Do you recognize it? Give me a guess and I’ll check in later with your answer.


No guesses? Ahem! I, Hickory Squirrel take this as a bit of an insult since the tree is in part named for me. Or was it the other way around?

The bark is also part of the name–Shagbark Hickory, Carya ovata. It’s cool bark, a little hard to climb. But that’s only on the mature trees. The young ones have a smooth gray bark, so could be camouflaging themselves in your woods! The way to find out is the nuts.

Shagbark Hickory Nuts

This tree had plenty. The shells are like fat balls that split into four parts and leave four ribs on the hickory nut inside. The nut is roundish, not oblong.

Shagback Hickory Nut

And they are delicious! Of course since I am named for them, I can’t say enough about hickory trees!

But even if it’s not fall harvest, the Shagbark Hickory is a beautiful thing to climb.

Shagbark Hickory Tree

Hope your fall is treating you as well as mine is!


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