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Shagbark Hickory

Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

9. About half way between Galvin and the main entrance of the Technical Education Laboratory growing in a break in the pavement surrounded by shrubs is a nice specimen of: Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory). The long peeling strips of bark are very characteristic, so much so that most folks can identify this tree from the car at 55 mph in the winter with no leaves on the tree. The leaf specimen shown here is rather small. The compound leaves with 5 leaflets are commonly 8-14 inches (20-35 cm) long. The nuts can be gathered in the fall, cracked, and the center extracted and eaten. This is a very common tree on campus.

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