A common hickory species from the Carya genus, along with pecans and shellbarks. True to its name, shagbarks are easily identified by their shaggy barks. Thought to have a delicious flavour, and popular among both humans and animals. However, it is rarely cultivated commercially due to its enormous growth and unreliability in bearing fruit. A bark extract from shagbark hickory can be made into mildly bitter, edible syrup with a smoky taste. Due to its smoky flavour, the shagbark is used in smoking meat. Also, like pecans, shagbarks have a similar use in baking.