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Carya illinoensis /Pecan

Carya illinoensis  / Carya illinoensis
Female flower on tip of developing nut
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Female flower on tip of developing nut

Male catkins source of pollen

Orchard in winter with dormant pecan trees

Pecan orchard in winter

Tree in winter

Trees in summer

Foliage in spring and summer

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Scientific Name: Carya illinoensis
Common Name: Pecan
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: over 50 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: High
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Trees, Fruiting
Comments: Are subject to aphids, caterpillars and other insects as well as the fungus disease, scab. Most pecans are alternate bearers, that is, produce nuts every other year. Must select a particular cultivar for a given area of the country. One cultivar does not fit all. Many native pecan trees throughout the South and West. Pecan trees can tolerate a wide range of soil types, but need full sunlight to develop into major trees. Can be long-lived where conditions are favorable. Wood is quite brittle, and old trees tend to break up after fifty to sixty years of age. Nuts eaten by a number of species of wildlife.