The shagbark hickory tree, a native of northeastern North America,
is a tall deciduous tree, growing to 80 feet and forming dense shade
at maturity. It is not commonly known as an ornamental tree
despite several interesting characteristics.
Mature shagbarks are easy to recognize because, as their name implies,
they have shaggy bark. This characteristic is, however, only found on
mature trees; young specimens have smooth bark.
Native Americans used all parts of the hickory tree for a variety
of things, including many for medicinal purposes. Common ailments such
as arthritis pain, headaches & diseases peculiar to women are a few of
the known medicinal uses as well as an insect repellent, among others.