Shagbark hickory and shellbark hickory trees produce excellent nuts to eat, and many gardeners consider that the hickory and pecan are the finest nuts to taste and grow. The hickories prefer to grow in wet locations and usually don't bear nuts early, but are dependable yearly nut producers once bearing starts. The hickory tree and the pecan tree can hybridize and form a thinner shell called a 'Hican,' that is extremely cold hardy with a flavor that combines the spicy hickory with the oily pecan.
Shagbark Hickory Tree
Cracking Hickory Nuts
Hickory Nut and Hican
Shagbark Hickory trees will survive low temperatures of minus 10 degrees and are also native trees, which ultimatly allows this tree to be grow in most States.
Hickory nuts are hard to crack, however, if the nuts are soaked overnight in water the nuts are then much easier to open and allows for perfect halves to be collected.
Hickory Nut Trees are native nut trees and are suitable to grow in most States due to its ability to withstand cold weather. The Hickory can be hybridized with a pecan nut to form a Hican that produces delicious nuts.