Often found on hillsides with rich moist soils. They grow branch-free for three-quarters of its height. Its common name comes from large scaly or “shaggy” bark.

Shagbark nuts are eaten by wildlife and people. Its extremely hard wood is used to make tool handles, skis, and wagon wheels.

Source: Tekiela, Stan. Trees of Michigan: Field Guide. Adventure Publications, 2002.

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