If Trees Could Sing

Deanie Richardson & the Shagbark Hickory

Deanie Richardson talks about the shagbark hickory and the benefits that trees provide us.

Shagbark Hickory Bark

The distinctive bark of this tree peels off in shaggy strips.

Shagbark Hickory Leaves

The crushed leaves of the shagbark hickory have a faint apple smell.

The nearly round nuts of the shagbark hickory are a tasty treat for animals and people.

Deanie Richardson

Deanie Richardson is a much in-demand fiddle player, based in Nashville. She has recorded or toured with Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, the Chieftans, Bob Seger and many other artists. She made her stage debut at the Grand Ole Opry at age 13. In 2010, the Academy of Country Music named her Fiddle Player of the Year. Deanie did her video about the shagbark hickory on the grounds of Owl's Hill.

Shagbark Hickory Facts

  • Scientific name: Carya ovata
  • Range: found across the East except in the Gulf states
  • Height: up to 100 ft.
  • Nuts: brown thick husk with nuts that are rounded and flattened
  • Fall colors: yellow
  • Distinguishing feature: shaggy gray bark

You Can Take Care of Trees Like the Shagbark Hickory

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