One of the most reliable ways of separating the two is by the twig. The first pic is that of a young Kingnut whose bud is still green. With age the outer scales will darken, and the inner scales will stay white, just like the second picture. The Kingnut has a twig that is tan, beige, or flesh-tone, sometimes with a speckling of orange. The Shagbark twig is dark brown and Clint Eastwood, or "dirty hairy".
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Found in moist woodlands, it does best where the sun penetrates the canopy. It is quite acid tolerant.