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About the Shagbark Hickory Tree and Syrup Shagbark hickory is a deciduous nut tree that grows in southeastern United States. The latin binomial name is Carya ovata. Most people have never heard of a syrup made from shagbark hickory, and they assume it is like maple syrup. While hickory trees can be tapped and the sap boiled down, for this particular syrup, it's the bark that is used. Sugar is added during the process, after making a strong tea from the bark, rather than cooking down the sap. Here's how the tree looks in the wild: We only take the loose bark from the tree's trunk. Taking too much would leave the tree vulnerable to infestation or disease. If someone is logging in our area and they've downed the shagbark trees, we'll ask to take the bark from those as well. The leaves of a shagbark hickory tree looks a lot like the leaves on other nut trees. They grow in a pattern of seven leaflets per leaf. Several varieties of hickory grows in our Wild Ozark woods, and they all make