Shagbark Hickory - Another Amazing Tree

Posted by Francesca

We Frenchies have noticed that the sun is dipping lower in the sky and that the days are getting shorter.  We figured that we better get in as much outdoor playtime as possible before it gets really cold.  We went to play in one of our favorite grove of trees when no sooner did Sharkey start spewing off her knowledge of shagbark hickory trees.

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Sharkey, it is such an amazing day at the farm even if the sun is lower in the sky!  Let's play in this grove of trees!

1 Sharkey, it is such an amazing day at the farm even if the sun is lower in the sky! Let's play in this grove of trees!

Franny, did you know that this tree is Carya ovata, or more commonly called the shagbark hickory?  Shagbarks can live for about 200 to 300 years....and that's a long time!

2 Franny, did you know that this tree is Carya ovata, or more commonly called the shagbark hickory? Shagbarks can live for about 200 to 300 years....and that's a long time!

The shagbark is the most common type of hickory tree in eastern United States and also one of the fastest growing—they can grow more than 100-feet tall!  The wood makes great ax handles and baseball bats.

3 The shagbark is the most common type of hickory tree in eastern United States and also one of the fastest growing—they can grow more than 100-feet tall! The wood makes great ax handles and baseball bats.

It's obvious why it's called shagbark—just look at these large, shaggy pieces of bark hanging from the trunk, Franny!

4 It's obvious why it's called shagbark—just look at these large, shaggy pieces of bark hanging from the trunk, Franny!

And look at all of these nuts on the ground, Sharkey!  It looks like a bumper crop this year, providing lots of winter sustenance for our woodland friends!

5 And look at all of these nuts on the ground, Sharkey! It looks like a bumper crop this year, providing lots of winter sustenance for our woodland friends!

You can't really find these nuts in stores the way you can pecans or walnuts, because of the difficulties in shelling them in large quantities.  It takes about 100 nuts to make a pound of nut meats.

6 You can't really find these nuts in stores the way you can pecans or walnuts, because of the difficulties in shelling them in large quantities. It takes about 100 nuts to make a pound of nut meats.

Franny, what do you suppose is making this nice little pile of nuts?  They've all been removed from their thick outer husks and left here just so!

7 Franny, what do you suppose is making this nice little pile of nuts? They've all been removed from their thick outer husks and left here just so!

Why, Sharkey!  I'm getting a strong whiff of squirrel!!!  This must be where they're piling them before taking the nuts to their winter cache.

8 Why, Sharkey! I'm getting a strong whiff of squirrel!!! This must be where they're piling them before taking the nuts to their winter cache.

Francesca, this is brilliant!  Let's just back off a bit and wait for that cute little squirrel to return.  Hickory nuts are also useful for squirrel chasers!!!

9 Francesca, this is brilliant! Let's just back off a bit and wait for that cute little squirrel to return. Hickory nuts are also useful for squirrel chasers!!!

Hickory nuts begin to drop from their branches in late summer.  And all of that wind and rain we've had lately has encouraged the nuts to drop in torrents!

10 Hickory nuts begin to drop from their branches in late summer. And all of that wind and rain we've had lately has encouraged the nuts to drop in torrents!

Franny, these nuts are not only a food source for animals, but for people, as well!  The shagbark variety of hickory nuts are sought for their sweet flavor, but aren't practical for commercial use because of their small size.

11 Franny, these nuts are not only a food source for animals, but for people, as well! The shagbark variety of hickory nuts are sought for their sweet flavor, but aren't practical for commercial use because of their small size.

Comments (11)

  • Good morning everyone,
    Shagbark Hickory Trees could also be called the Shedding Tree. If it takes a lot of them to make a pound of nuts, I bet they would be very expensive in the stores, You girls should wear helmets so you don't get beaned on the head while you are under that tree. Same with Kirby and his Sweet Gum tree.
    Speaking of Kirby, a lot of people up north where I am fron like ths snow it is just that here, Karen has a lot of shoveling to do when it snows and that is a pain in the butt, this according to Karen.
    Sooooooooo, let's hear it. How was everyone's weekend? Cora-Belle, are you all worn out from the Chiweenies? I think you better set some ground rules for them. They are coming more often now and I bet one day they will just stay there. Delia, your husband's family could have had a tv show like the Duggars, I think they have like 20 kids and counting. Lynn, when you get Big Foot on that night camera, let me know. We will call Hollywood for a movie deal. I will be your agent. hehehehehehehe
    Zoe, did you get your German pancake this weekend? Abby, tell James Dean a Happy Belated Birthday. He and Abrasm were born on the same day. Missy Chow, were you a good girl this weekend? Dudley is always good. I don't think he knows how to be bad. hehehehehe Baby Favor, you too with the rabbits?
    Well Glue Squad, it was a long weekend for me. I had a good time at the dog shows. I did very well. Now I will go back to my couch potato mode.
    I will check back later to see what Sonya, Gail, Pam and all the rest of you are up to.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F & S

    When I saw Shagbark I thought it was a dance for dogs - get it the Shag for barks :) Monday morning YUK - mom goes back to work and not enough Zoe time this weekend. I did have the kids over Saturday for the last swim of the season. Dad heated the pool up to 86 since the air was so cool - everyone had fun and I got lots of table food. Nicole LOVES to share with me :)

    Maddox no german pancake Saturday we had eggs and sausage and Sunday mom left early to tailgate before the Eagles game. That crazy woman left the house at 7 for a 1:00 game. She said they had over 50 people at the party. I wish I could go one time.

    Well mom is getting ready to leave for the office so I think I'll go catch a few more zzzz's with dad.

    Zoe

  • F&S, you are such brilliant intellectuals! Sharkey, you can spew off your knowledge of anything to me, anytime. Mom told me that there are other foodstuffs that are rarely found in grocery stores (in addition to hickory nuts), such as persimmons, which are at their best when they look rotten! Anyway, it's good to see that you're still playing brain gym, and maybe planning on some fun with the squirrels! Maybe you could drop a few hickory nuts on Martha's cats heads? Ooh, Mom says I'm being wicked. Bye!

  • Hello Ladies,
    You are soooo smart Miss Sharkey on all the horticulture. I just thought Hickory made beautiful cabinets. You are so cute bating the squirrels with the nuts. I am short today as I am off to the doc's. I don't want to keep taking this dumb migraine medicine. I am a gal who likes natural, but the headaches are so bad. So off to see how he can fix the wreck. My love and hugs to all, will catch up later.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Well, what a coincident F&S, I was raking up Hickory nuts yesterday, including acorns...there were many but they didn't seem as big as normal, maybe because of our unusual weather this year...but nonetheless too many for my taste. Hubby cut down three this year because he doesn't like them or nuts....we supply for the squirrels and chippies. A Hickory Nut is what I stepped on while taking a walk and fell fracturing my right wrist. Maybe I should try eating the tiny meat in them and have a better feeling towards them :-(

    Yes Maddox hubbies siblings are more like a litter ;-) I could barely get two out ha ha!

    Yes, the sun is in a different position, I love seeing it move during the season and how the trees shadows move into a different direction, both in the morning and evening...soon it will rise to the left and it will be winter again...oh and the time change :-(

    Kitty is perplexed, as we moved all the things around on the deck including her double-decked beds...a crew is coming on Wednesday to install patio doors upstairs and downstairs...so much for steel doors!

    Hope ALL my friends/fur-friends here had a good weekend...

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    It looks as if your farm has about anything you would want. The only thing missing is a Kirby. It would be fun to visit, but I wouldn’t want to leave my Mommy and Daddy for very long. My neighbor across the street has a hickory tree in his front yard. The nuts fall onto the street and the passing cars open them up. The squirrels have it made. All they have to do is go and puck up those nuts. I’ll bet that saves a lot of their time. They often “hide” some of the nuts in the plantings in my front yard. Little trees spring up there and Mommy has to pull them up; we have other trees growing there. That was a short weekend. Now back to the week; nap time.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Gosh, those shagbark hickory trees sure are unusual, as well as, awesome to look at! The size is really something and living 200 t0 300 years is unusual! How nice they can make ax handles and baseball bats with the tree stumps! Did you eat any of those hickory nuts or did you just leave them there for the squirrels! Thanks for this information-it was fascinating! Maddox, you do such a nice job commenting to us every day and I think it would be fun to have you present a blog for us, too! Would love to see you every day! Zoe, sure sounds like your Dad is better since he was heating the pool! Abby, happy birthday to James Dean-5 years old on Sept.11th! Baby Favor, you sure are a devil about rabbits! Hey Malcom, please don't hurt the kitties! Will check back later to read more comments! Hope you all have a great day! We had a great weekend until 3:30PM on Sunday when my Uncle Tim got dizzy with a bad headache and had to go to the Emergency Hospital-he had vertigo and hopefully will feel better real soon. He was a little better after they gave him some pills and was back home by 7:30PM. Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello Francesca, Professor Sharkey, maddox, Dudley, Delia, Kirby Bear and my glue squad buddies,
    Those shagbark hickory trees are really interesting. We have some by the duck pond that Mom and I visit to feed her mallard hybrid duck friends. I was wondering about those funny looking nuts all over the path. Sharkey looks so blonde today, are you going for spa treatments like Missy chow?
    Delia, it is so nice to hear from you. I hope Kitty is doing great and she will enjoy warm autumn porch time soon. Jimmy prefers the warm windowsill, he is still revelling in a pile of catnip scented toys.
    Zoe, hope you enjoyed the last warm swim of the year. Dudley, hope your Uncle Tim feels better soon. Maddox, we are so happy for your wonderful dog show results. Thank you for remembering Jimmy.
    Lynn, hope you feel much better soon from those nasty migraines, we send you hugs. Cora belle how was the chiweenie party? I had a lot of company and rested since Mom ran in a big five K race this weekend. She is making more beaded necklasses and reading My Life in France by Julia Child. I could just see the glue squad helping out in that kitchen.. Dudley stirring sauces, Maddox reading recipes, Rebel supervising eggs..Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Bon Appetit! Abby

  • Hunting nuts in this weather transition time looks like a lot of fun. Very clever of you two to hang back ready to ambush, I mean greet your dear friends the squirrels. :wink:

    Busy times these days. I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! :smile:

  • Shagbark Hickory sounds like one of Scooby Do's pals! :)

    I see you are on a squirrel quest again!

    Ever think of dressing up like a 'nut' to trick those pesky squirrels! :)

    Again, another breathtaking day in New Hampshire!

    Have a wonderful evening...
    gail

  • Oh, Girls, PLEASE let me know if your plan to catch a squirrel by watching those nuts works. I watched through the storm dorm as our squirrels carried pecans from our patio one by one, and I so wanted to put a screeching halt to their thievery. Good Luck!

    Love,
    Your fellow squirrel hunter,
    Poco

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