Shagbark Hickory

Other Common Names/Trade Names:  None.
Scientific Name: Carya ovata
Best Characteristics for Identification: Obvious, abundant banded parenchyma, ring porous, tyloses.
Uses:  Many products where high strength is required such as handles and ladders. Lumber, cabinets, flooring, furniture.
General Natural Range: Wisconsin south to eastern Texas to the Atlantic coast. North into Central New England and southern Quebec.
Identical or Nearly Identical Species: Pignut hickory, shellbark hickory, mockernut hickory
Other Species Easily Confused With: Pecan hickory
Means of Distinguishing Similar Species : Shagbark hickory is ring porous whereas pecan is semi-ring porous. Shagbark hickory only has banded parenchyma arrangement in the latewood whereas banded parenchyma is found in both earlywood and latewood in pecan hickory.