Like its fellow Hickory trees, the slow-growing Shellbark can live to 500 years of age or even more. However, its long taproot is subject to insect damage, making transplanting difficult. Its nuts are the largest among its genus, and are reportedly sweet and edible though notoriously hard to crack. Also, like all in its genus, the hickory bark is highly prized for its durability and strength, making it a popular pick for various wood work.

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