Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata)

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May 24, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire Fortunately, there are not many trees that have pinnately-compound leaves. In this case, every leaf had very large, toothed leaflets. The only trees that are pinnately-compound and with leaflets this big are the hickory (Carya) species. Since there are only five species of hickory in New England, I thought it would be easy. I narrowed it down to Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata) and Pignut Hickory (Carya glabra).

Click on the two closeup pictures of the leaf teeth below (and then click one more time to expand again) to see that the leaf margins have clumps of hair near the teeth. This is a sign that this tree is Shagbark Hickory. The tree is not old enough for the bark to shag into long plates that are free at the bottom.
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May 27, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire