The hardiest of the hickory species, shagbarks range from southern Canada to Minnesota, and south to Texas and Florida. The large range of the shagbark creates a large genetic pool and gives cultivars distinct variations. It is generally a good idea to plant varieties that come from the same climate zone as you live in. Shagbarks are characterized by picturesque form, ornamental shaggy bark, and handsome buds, and a kernel thought by many nut growers to be the best flavored of the nuts. Although slow growing, shagbarks reach heights of 70-80′ and should be planted 30-50′ apart. Nut harvest begins in 5-10 years. Plant as least two different varieties for pollination.
Small (1′-2′): $40.00
Medium (2′-3′): $50.00
Large (3′-4′): $60.00
Extra Large (4′-5′): $70.00
ABUNDANCE Franklin County, PA. Discovered by Fayette Etter, this shellbark x shagbark hybrid produces a shagbark type nut of large size (7 grams) with 36% kernel. This annual bearing thin shelled variety shows good cracking qualities.
BRIDGEWATER CT. A very large shagbark (8.5 grams) with 46.6% kernel. Carl Weschcke recommended this variety for the far north.
GRAINGER TN 1935 Large (10 grams) thin shelled nut with a high % kernel. Bears heavily.
J. YODER #1 Smithfield, OH. Emmet Yoder. Regular producer of very large (8.5 grams), thin shelled nuts that crack out whole halves. Precocious and bears heavy crops.
MITCH RUSSELL KY. 1995. Fred Blankenship’s best shagbark discovery. Nut is large and fills well. May be a hybrid.
SEAS PA. Promoted by Charles Tharcher as one of the better shagbarks. Nut average 7-8 grams and 40-45% kernel.
SILVIS 303 West Richfield, OH. Ray Silvis introduced this large (8 grams), round thin shelled nut of good quality and 45# kernel. Self-pollinating and a good producer. NOT AVAILABLE.
WALTERS KY, 1980 A very large nut with excellent cracking qualities.
WESCHCKE Fayette, Iowa 1928. Consistent producer of med.-sized nuts, 53% kernel, which crack out in whole halves. Early maturing northern variety.
WILCOX Geneva, OH. 1934. Early Maturing, medium sized nuts (4.9 grams), 41% kernel, which crack out in whole haves. One of the best producers. Protogynous. Good northern variety.