A Multipurpose Tree with a Bountiful Harvest
The Hardy Pecan is a tree that has it all—aesthetic beauty, delicious nuts with health benefits, high quality wood, and interest for wildlife. One would look great as a central focus of your front yard, or plant several as a shady orchard in the back.
Pecans can grow to 130 feet in height with a spread of 75 feet. The lovely medium green leaves and oval canopy will lend a lively symmetry to your landscape, providing countless hours of cool shade during those hot summer months.
You’ll be fascinated by the unique 3 inch catkins that form in the spring to hang among the branches. From a distance it will appear as if someone decorated your tree with short braided tassels of green vegetation.
Even more amazing is the fact that these uncommon-looking “flowers” will eventually turn into nuts for a fall harvest. As fall approaches your Pecan will adorn your yard with citrine hues. Soon after, an abundant harvest of rich, buttery Pecans are ready to be enjoyed.
American Indians are known to have cultivated pecans as far back as the 1500’s. They are rich in antioxidants and are reported to have many possible health benefits. Pecans are a tasty snack and versatile for cooking in a variety of dishes.
The Hardy Pecan is truly a multipurpose tree. It will be an attractive shade tree for your home, provide interesting spring flowers and fall color…with an added benefit of a delicious fall harvest.
Even the wood of the tree is valued for making furniture or as fuel that adds flavor to smoked meats. The Hardy Pecan is a tree that never stops giving, and will certainly be a wonderful addition to your landscape for years to come.
* Edible Nuts
* Large Shade Tree
* Attracts Wildlife
Going to the squirrels Review by Nuts
Last fall was the first time mine produced nuts. All it turned into was a buffet for the squirrels. They started munching on the green husks before they had a chance to grow into much of anything. The tree is beautiful. Just wish I knew how to keep some for myself.
Nut trees Review by Jake
My Pecan tree has grown fast and I hope it will begin bearing pecans in he near future. I read the review from 2010 and I am going to use the metal strip, with the petroleum jelly, to protect against caterpillars. Don't know if I have any but I don't want them either.
Good appearance Review by Jennie
My tree arrived in excellent shape and it was boxed very well.
Pecans are awesome. Review by Lily
I appreciated the above review, it was very interesting. However, my grandmother had two pecan trees in her yard and I didn't have the same experience. As kids we loved gathering the nuts. They were delicious by themselves and even better in whatever baked goods my grandmother put them in - Yum! I'm thrilled to carry on this tradition with my children and hopefully one day with my grandchildren. Thank you Nature Hills for sending me another beautiful tree.
pecan trees Review by Jim Miller
I have never purchased a pecan tree but am familiar with them. The nice things about pecan trees are of course the fruit, but in my experience the quality of the nuts can vary greatly from tree to tree and I do not know why. Growing up we had four pecan trees in our yard. All of the trees were similar and size and presumably in age as well, but the quality of the nuts varied greatly from tree to tree. There were basically three types of nuts, and this sounds overly simplified but they were large, medium and small. The medium nuts were the best and had dense, crunchy meat that held together well while cracking and cleaning the nuts. The large nuts had poorly formed meat that was fleshy in texture and had folds within the center of the meat that was as if it was not formed completely. The meat of the large nuts often had a sort of organic fuzz on it. I don't know what caused the nuts to be like this for they were getting the same light, rain and neglect as the other trees, but it was as if they had grown too quickly and were not well formed. The small nuts were OK, but they were difficult to pick out of the shells and clean. As a result, it took a lot more work to get a collection of meat for a dish. Also there were often pieces of shell left in the small pecans, giving them small bits of bitter grit for extra flavoring. The medium-sized pecans were excellent. I don't know if they tree that they came from was closer to the septic tank or something, but year after year the results were the same. I'd refer to an agricultural extension agent before purchasing a pecan tree for the nuts, because there is obviously something going on that affects the quality of them. Other things to know about pecan trees is that they are prone to getting tent caterpillars. Tent caterpillars eat the leaves and make the tree look ugly, but I don't think they actually affect the quality of the nuts. One solution to this is to place a strap of sheet metal around the entirety of the trunk, and then placing petroleum jelly on the strap when it gets to be caterpillar season. The caterpillars don't like going over the petroleum jelly and will stay out of the tree. However, the tent caterpillars will still get to the pecan tree from the branches of other trees, so that is something to think about. Also, anything that affects the entire circumference of any tree can eventually kill the tree if it gets too tight, so make the strap removable. I've heard of people using duct tape and putting petroleum jelly on that. Of course there are also squirrels. The thing about squirrels is that they take the nuts and bury them everywhere. Where I live in North Carolina, the nuts sprout very easily and once they are about a foot tall, you have to dig them up to kill them. Every year we have pecan tree sprouts coming up out of our potted plants, at the foundation of our house, and in all sorts of hard to reach places. Living in the South we periodically deal with hurricanes, and consequently I have lots of memories of dragging huge limbs from our pecan trees to clean up. I don't know if the limbs of pecan trees are more prone to breaking off in high wind than other trees, but it certainly seemed like we were constantly picking up limbs in our yard. That having been said, I enjoyed having pecan trees in our yard because the nuts are among the best tasting ones around, and the trees great numbers of them.