Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Pecan

Carya illinoensis
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Wetland, Stream Edge
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Yellow
Hardy From Zone: 5
Hardy To Zone: 9
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Nesting
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

70 to
100
feet

Spread:

40 to
75
feet
Size
Height: 70 to
100
feet
Spread: 40 to
75
feet
Size
Height: 70 to
100
feet
Spread: 40 to
75
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Grow as a large shade tree or for nut production. Small mammals eat the nuts.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in deep, moist, well-drained soil in full sun. May be difficult to transplant as it has a very long tap root.
Basic Description

A tall straight tree with a symmetrical, broadly oval growth habit. Leaves are yellow-green in summer, eventually turning yellow-brown in fall. Non-showy female flowers are followed by sweet, edible nuts. The nuts are surrounded by a thin brown husk.

Special Features
Nuts
Special Usage
Edible

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