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Who will love your Pecan Tree more—you or the birds? It's hard to say! Pecans are a gourmet treat for humans and for birds as well. Packed with protein, fat, and minerals, they are especially valuable to migrating birds, who need to take in lots of quality, high-energy food in preparation for their long journeys. Of course, winter-resident birds like chickadees, cardinals, wrens, nuthatches, jays, and woodpeckers also savor the sweet nuts. Pecans generally take about ten years to start producing crops, but in the meantime, your tree will still feed the birds! Songbirds dine on the many insects that feed on Pecan leaves.
May Benefit & Attract: Chickadees, cardinals, wrens, nuthatches, jays, woodpeckers, and songbirds
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New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
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- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
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- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
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Size AA (2-3' tall) container grown
Size A (5-6' tall) container grown
Size B (8-9' tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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The mighty Pecan is an American tree that has nourished both humans and wildlife here for thousands of years. It’s found primarily in the midsection of the country, where it follows the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. In these moist, fertile lands, it flourishes, growing more quickly than other Hickory Trees (Pecan is a type of Hickory). Thomas Jefferson was a fan of Pecans. He planted several at Monticello, and he convinced his friend, George Washington, to plant some at Mt. Vernon as well. Uncommon on the East Coast, Pecans were known as “Illinois Nuts” to Jefferson.
Pecans have a thin shell, making them much easier to crack open than other hickories. Still, small birds may have a hard time breaking into them. You can smash a few nuts with a rock or mallet and put the pieces in your birdfeeder for easier access.
How to Grow
Just as Pecan appreciates low, fertile plains in the wild, it favors deep, rich, moist soil in the home landscape, too. It will certainly survive in drier sites, but it will grow more slowly there. Plant it in full sun and give it lots of room. Pecan Trees can get quite large and they live a long time—200 to 300 years! This is a hardy tree, tolerating winter temperatures to -20ºF, though it produces its largest crops in the southern states, where the growing season is long and warm.
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Size A Trees:
5-6' tall, grown and delivered in a container. Although this tree can be picked up by one person its large container, stem and branching are too big to fit into a box. A van or SUV will be needed to bring this native home.
Size B Trees:
8-9' tall, grown and delivered in a container. One strong person can pick this tree up but two would make it easier. This tree is BIG! You will need a truck or trailer to bring this native home.
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