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Pecan Nut

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Pecan Nut (Carya ilionoensis)

The nuts of the pecan are edible, with a rich, buttery flavour. Pecans are a good source of protein and unsaturated fats. They can be eaten fresh or used in cooking. One of the most common desserts is the pecan pie. The wood is also used in making furniture and wood flooring. Also makes a good shade tree.

It has an open, rounded crown and the trunk sports attractive grey, furrowed bark.

The leaves are mid green, turning yellow in autumn before falling. The flowers are quite insignificant, but are followed by the tasty nuts.

Size large

Plant Care 

Light

Full sun, tree can tolerate very hot summers.

Water

Regular watering is not necessary. When young need regular watering until the plant is established.

Soil

They will grow on almost any soil other than a highly alkaline lime soil. Place the plant in rich well-drained soil and mulch with organic matter. This is a very hardy plant that will tolerate extreme conditions.

Fertilizer

Trees benefit from organic mulch.

Wind

Will tolerate almost any condition, including salt and are extremely wind tolerant. 

Frost

They are very drought tolerant, but would not like frost or heavy wind

Fruiting

Will start fruiting from 7-8 years. They are pollinated by the wind and have better chances for the fruit to set by having a second plant close by.

Pruning

Is necessary to keep them small. They grow pretty fast especially around summer.