The shellbark hickory produces a large usually thicker shelled nut than does the shagbark, with the same ornamental qualities, and fine kernel flavor. The natural range of the shellbark does not extend as far north as the shagbark, and they are typically a lowlands species. The foliage of the shellbark clones have good scab resistance. Columnar shaped trees reach 70-80′ and should be planted 30-50′ apart. Nut harvest begins in 5-10 yrs. Plant at 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
DEWEY MOORE OH. 1987. A.M. Cox selection is a moderate producer of thin shelled nuts with 36% kernel.
FAYETTE PA. 1932. Self-pollinating variety, large, thin shelled nut, introduced by Fayette Etter. 33% kernel.
HENNING IL A fast growing shellbark with a large, beautiful nut.
KEYSTONE Franklin Co, PA. 1955. Fayette Etter’s best cracking shellbark, kernel falls free from the shell. Large size, annual bearer, late vegetation.
LINDAUER IL. Very heavy producer of large nuts which crack out whole halves. Medium shell thickness, and this clone is reported to be precocious and weevil resistant.
SELBHERS IA A regular and heavy bearing short season variety, producing nuts 1 1/2″ long with excellent cracking qualities. High quality l kernels. Excellent orchard variety.
SIMPSON 1 KY 2004 Heavy cropping variety with med-sized nuts that easily crack out beautiful, tasty kernels.
Other cultivars sometimes available : Bradley, Chetopa, Daulton, Ellison #1, Florin Smith, Henry, Nieman, Nook, Preston 7, Stephens.