Desirable Pecan Tree

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The Desirable Pecan Tree (Carya illinoensis 'Desirable') is…well…desirable! For so many reasons. With all the rage in food sustainability, edible landscaping, and Pecan orchards and commercial grower's fields since the 1960s, there's a good chance that the Pecans you've bought from your local grocer are from a Desirable tree. If you've ever driven through southern states in the fall, the delicious Pecans you get from those classic roadside stands are probably from a Desirable tree, too.

For the home grower, one of this tree's best characteristics is that the nuts grow in giant clusters and self-prune, meaning they naturally drop a few nuts from each cluster so that the tree can focus its energies on the remaining nuts. Result: bigger Pecans!

Ripening in October through December depending on your climate, the Desirable nuts are some of the first Papershells on the market. You can crack them in your hand. You will get two HUGE nutmeat halves to enjoy. Desirable Pecans grow quickly and it's not unusual to get a 25-gallon bucket full of pecans from a healthy 5-year-old tree!

Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 6 to 9. Developed in the early 1900s by Carl F. Forkert from Mississippi. This is a Type I Pecan and needs a Type II like Sumner, Stuart, or Elliot Pecan for the best possible pollination and yield.

Planting and Application:

Desirable Pecan trees are also beautiful shade trees and can be excellent yard trees. This is the ideal lawn tree for the larger yard with a huge added benefit of edible nuts! You'll love the edible landscaping possibilities these lovely nut trees provide! The Pecan is truly a multipurpose windbreak and an attractive shade tree for your home to help reduce cooling costs during the summer.

This native tree has admirers in the natural world and provides habitat to many species of Host Plants to multiple varieties of moth larvae including the Luna Moth. These are also mighty songbird and wildlife sanctuaries, feeding more than just people with their late-season rich harvest of nuts to help sustain them through the winter.

  • Lush Green Compound Leaves
  • Type I Pecan - Needs Type II Pollinator Tree
  • Easy to Harvest & Easy to Open Papershell
  • Loads of Crunchy Pecans & High Oil Content
  • Quick Growing & Great Shade Tree

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant Pecan Trees in full sun for best results and plan to give them a moderate amount of regular water during the first season and consistent moisture in a site with rich, well-drained soils. Provide trees with a thick layer of mulch over the root system to help during drought, and to keep the area under the canopy clear for easy nut harvest.

These trees can be drought-tolerant once established and thrive in the heat and humidity of the southeastern US best. The University of Georgia recommends a diligent spraying regimen to keep the trees free of Pecan Scab for the best home yields. Prune if needed when dormant.

  • Full Sun Trees
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate Yet Regular Moisture
  • Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Prune When Dormant

Shade, beauty, and home-grown nuts. What are you waiting for? Order the most widely planted Pecan Tree in America - the Desirable Pecan Tree today from Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Desirable Pecan Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Carya illinoensis 'Desirable'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 75 - 100 feet
Mature Spread 75 - 100 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Green
Foliage Green
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly No
Fruiting Time October Thru December