Carya laciniosa or Shellbark hickory comes from East America and East Canada.
Trees can grow up to 20-25 meters high and 10 meters wide.
The crown grows pyramidal and semi-open with hanging branches.
The bark of the bark hangs in strips vertically from the trunk, which is a beautiful sight. The wood is very hard and is used for many purposes.
The leaf is composed of 5 to 9 lanceolate leaf segments that have a fresh green color.
In autumn, the Carya laciniosa discolours beautifully to flaming golden-yellow leaves.
Further into winter, it loses all its leaves.
The Carya laciniosa gets delicious edible nuts that resemble the pecan in shape and growth habit.
The fruits can be harvested in October to November. The nuts taste wonderfully sweet. Plants give the first nuts from their third to fourth year.
The nuts appear in clusters on the tree and the skin is brown / red colored. When the shell bursts, the nuts are visible and ripe for picking.
The nuts can be eaten raw, but also roasted.
The deliciously sweet nut flavor is often used as a garnish in desserts and on ice.
The Shellbark hickory prefers a moist, nutritious soil as a location. A sunny place is also ideal for the Carya laciniosa.
If the plant grows large, it can be pruned in early March. She is very hardy and temperatures below -20ºC are no problem.
Winter hardiness zone 5b (-23ºC).