About the Shagbark Hickory Leaf
Every fall, shagbark hickory (Carya ovata) leaves bring a golden glow to hardwood forests across the eastern United States. After a summer spent making sugar to fuel the latest crop of hickory nuts, they’ve lost the green pigment needed for photosynthesis. Soon they’ll be on the ground, breaking down into soil-enhancing nutrients. And so it goes, in the life of a shagbark hickory leaf.