Though primarily known for its sweet pecans, this large deciduous tree from eastern and southern North America and Mexico also has ornamental virtues. It is a tall, beautiful tree with attractive compound leaves, a tall straight trunk and furrowed, gray-brown to brown-black bark. Many cultivars have been selected for flavor, hardiness, earliness of ripening, and other characteristics.
Trees generally take from 15 to 20-years before they are fruit-bearing. Harvest takes place very late in the fall season, and the larger the tree the more prolific its nut production. Pecans have smooth, woody, oblong shells that are sandy brown in color. When cracked they bear oblong, ribbed nutmeats that are sweet and flavorful. These taste best when lightly toasted.
Pecan is a bottomland tree and likes full to part sun and moist, rich, slightly acidic soil with average drainage. Transplanting can be difficult because of its long taproot. Use as a crop or shade tree.
Best grown in humusy, rich, moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Difficult to transplant because of its deep taproot. If grown for nut production, plant at least two different varieties for best cross-pollination. Nut production can be sparse in the northern part of its growing range, particularly when spring is late and summer is cool. May be grown from seed, but it normally takes 8-10 years for a young tree to bear a nut crop.
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Genus - Carya
Species - Illinoensis
Common name - Papershell Pecan
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 9
Height - 70'-100' / 21 - 30 m
Spread - 40'-75' / 12 - 22 m
Plant type - Tree
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral
Soil type - Loam
Water requirements - Average Water
Landscape uses - A tall ornamental shade tree for large properties. May also be grown for nut production.
Bloom season - Spring
Leaf / Flower color - Green, yellow in autumn / Yellow, Green
|Germination||1. Soak in water for 4 days, change water daily.|
2. Stratify the seeds after the soaking in 3 inches of moist sand for 90 days. Keep the stratifying nuts in the refrigerator, and keep the soil moist.
3. Plant pecans in the spring after the last frost. Pecans will germinate easily under favorable conditions, provided they have good soil and adequate water. Plant them 1 inch deep, and keep the soil moist. If the soil is heavy or otherwise poor, amend it with compost; half soil and half compost should work well.
4. Plant pecans in nursery rows for transplantation later on, or plant them where you would like them to grow. (info source: eHow.com)