Pecan (Carya illinoinensis, Carya illinoensis)
Other Names - Hicoria Pecan, Carya Pecan, Carya oliviformis
Origins - Mexico, USA.
Type - Perennial (deciduous).
Hardiness (see References, below) - Zones 6 - 9.
Bloom - Spring, Summer.
Fruit - Fall.
Approx. 100 ft (30 m).
Cultivation - Full Sun. Other than that, Pecan is a rather tolerant tree. It will grow in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well drained, wet, and clay soil. That said, if you wish to harvest lots of pecan nuts, make sure that
you fertilize your trees, on regular basis. Find out HOW TO FERTILIZE PECANS, here.
Propagation - By seeds (nuts).
Most of our Pecans got propagated by squirrels; they like to eat some, bury the surplus, and let the Nature do the rest.
Other - This State Tree of Texas, looks majestic, yet its shade feels so inviting, particularly on hot Summer days. It also produces delicious nuts. A handful of these on fruit salad for breakfast, will not just set you right for the day, but also for life. Pecans are highly nutritious, good for the heart, and more... Learn more about PECANS HEALTH & NUTRITION, here
See Town & Country Gardens' recipe for CANDIED PECANS, and PECAN COOKIES. And there are more PECAN Recipes in this (October) issue of What's Cooking?, section.
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References - Find more about Hardiness Zones
Special Thanks
Special Thanks to Town & Country Gardens Contributors: blogger, bulabean, Dustin Lightsey Photography, dive-angel (Karin),, flickr, Georgia Pecan Commission, Jasmine&Roses, mr.f_stop, programwitch, The Program Witch - Blog, Rita Crane Photography. Rita Crane, daughter of LIFE magazine photographer Ralph Crane. Her work can be seen on Flickr at Rita Crane Photography or on her website., TMR Davies, Wikipedia, W.D. Williams

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