Pawnee Pecan Tree

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Pawnee Pecan

Carya illinoinensis 'Pawnee'
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An early producer with hearty pecans? Pawnee is the pecan with that criteria. You'll be pleasantly surprised when you walk in your orchard to see pecans ripe and ready for picking up to 3 weeks before the other pecans are ready. What's more? Pawnee nuts have been known to have the largest amount of useable kernels, which can mean a lot of pecan pies!

Growth Facts

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The Story

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.

The Details

Pawnee is the most popular pecan being planted today! An early producer, Pawnee, will grace you with pecans up to 2-3 weeks before other pecan varieties. A hearty producer, you'll be picking sweet-flavored pecans by mid to late October, just in time to bake a fall-time pecan pie!

Height: 50-75 ft
Width: 40-60 ft
Exposure: Full Sun
Foliage: Green
Zone: 5-9

How to Grow

Just as Pawnee 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 heat and requiring anther pecan such as Kanza or Lakota to cross-pollinate. It is recommended to not try and transplant after Pawnee becomes established due to the deep taproot that extends down into the ground.

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