As Lucky points out, crackability always comes first.
I’m going to copy paste notes and you can sort of pick and choose as it would be said. These came from conversations with Fred Blankenship:
Fred Blankenship said if he could redo his orchard today (2015 phone conversation) he would grow Gary Fernald’s unknown hican; ‘Grimo-5’ shagbark; and shagbark ‘Grainger’. Fred stated that ‘Grainger’ had hardly any (parts of the inside shell that hold the nut in place) so it is a very easy to get the nut meat out, selection. It’s also the size of a shellbark nut.
Fred also says about ‘Porter’ shagbark: “Porter is the best flavor + second best cavity.” " ‘Grainger’ has the best cavity."
‘Lizzie Mtn’ - Very thin shell. Shagbark. Originating from South Carolina at a plantation of hickory trees grown for lumber. The original name given to it is ‘Gralnik’
Fred’s shellbark picks are: Fayette, Selbher, Henning; Fred also likes Simpson #1 and Scoll. Scoll likes pecans, said Fred (pollination I assume.) Fred stated additionally that shellbark ‘Bullnut’ is a favorite of one of his friends. Fred’s ‘Fayette’ is different from scionwood that came from Larry Daulton. Larry Daulton’s Fayette is preferred. Tyler Halvin has wood distributed from Larry.
Gary Fernald has “Gary’s Hican” which he got his scionwood from Clifford Dabb’s who got it from Roscoe Pringle. At the time of visit with Clifford Dabb’s, Clifford suggested to Gary that he had several ‘different’ “???name???” hicans.
I believe we all now concur that “Gary’s Hican” is not a hican but a true shagbark hickory.
I’ve got a graft of Lizzie Mountain but it’s very small. Message me (anyone) if you want to know more about ‘Grimo 5’.