Hickory Seeds - Shagbark - Heirloom Untreated NON-GMO From Canada

Hickory Seeds - Shagbark

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(Carya ovata) Deciduous. Zones 4 - 8.

Hickory nut is arguably the finest native nut! Its sweet, smoky flavour is like a cross between a walnut a pecan, and it is a superior substitute in baking and salads. Toasting especially intensifies its rich flavour!

Shagbark Hickory is a majestic giant that can live for up to 200 years! Plant it now and future generations will enjoy sitting in its shade and foraging for nuts.   

As the Shagbark matures, its smooth gray bark becomes beautifully textured and shaggy - a striking presence year-round. The greenish yellow Spring flowers of the Shagbark Hickory give way to sweet, edible oval-rounded nuts, encased in a thick green husk that splits when ripe. 

Of course these delectable nuts are also favoured by squirrels, raccoons, and other wildlife. 

Cross-pollination generally produces a more abundant crop of better quality nuts so its best to plant two trees. 

Hickory wood is widely used to cure and smoke meats. It is extremely strong and makes heirloom quality tool handles, ladders, and furniture. 


Cold Hardiness: Zones 4 - 8

Edible: Yes

SizeLarge Tree

Growth RateMedium

Nitrogen Fixer: No

Native Plant: Yes

Germination: 70 - 90%

Sun Requirements: Full Sun for maximum harvest, but shade tolerant.

Soil Preference: Rich, moist, well draining. Tolerant of clay.



SEED PRETREATMENT: Soak seeds in water for 4 days, replace water every 24 hours. Mix seeds with a moistened grow medium equal to 3-4 times seed volume. Place in a plastic bag or container.

STRATIFICATION: 120 days cold/moist (5°C). Place plastic bag with seeds and soil in your refrigerator, preferably in a veggie crisper. Inspect periodically for even moisture and early germination.

POST-STRATIFICATION: Sow stratified seeds 1” deep. Water evenly and regularly.

GERMINATION: When all previously mentioned requirements are fulfilled, germination generally occurs in 30-60 days.

How To Stratify Tree Seeds


Available direct from Incredible Seeds, a Canadian Heirloom and Heritage Seed Company, offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open pollinated and untreated seeds, located in Mi'kma'ki / Nova Scotia.

  • $8.99

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