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Plant Details

Carya illinoinensis

Pecan

Scientific Name:

Carya illinoinensis

Common Name:

Pecan

Plant Family

Juglandaceae (Walnut Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Deciduous Tree

Size in Feet:

75 - 140

Light:

full-sun

Bloom Time:

April - May

Bloom Area:

Coast, Piedmont

Notes:

Native to the south central US; cultivars are widely planted in SE

Cultivar, showing the spreading crown of pecans grown in the open.

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Wilmington, May 2011

Pecan's bark has narrow fissures and scaly ridges.

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Wilmington, May, 2011

Compound leaf, 12 - 20" long

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Wilmington, May, 2011

Flowers

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Wilmington, May, 2011

Nuts

From Jack Spruill: "The photo is of a seedling pecan growing on my farm in Washington County...Pecan does not come up 'true to seed.' I have observed many seedling trees over the years, and it is rare to see any two produce the same shaped nut. All seedlings produce small nuts, but the shapes are slightly different. While pecan hybrids skip producing nuts some years for some reason(s), my experience is that a seedling will always produce at least some nuts."

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Jack Spruill, Washington County, Nov, 2010

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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