Sumner Pecan Tree

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Do you want a ton of edible nuts, on a tree that's easy care and great taste? Of course you do! Sumner will give you that every year! The Sumner Pecan tree (Carya illinoinensis 'Sumner') is one of the best trees for homegrown pecans on the market! Rich and butterfly, these are Papershell Pecans that are easy to crack!

Candy, world-class pecan pies, and healthy snacking are within reach! And it all starts with greenish catkins in the spring, compound tropical-looking foliage all summer, golden hues in the fall, and then clusters of mottled smooth-shelled Pecans! You'll enjoy a late-season harvest of fairly large fruit, with nuts maturing in October to November; averaging over 50 nuts per pound!

Featuring a massive broad symmetrical, oval crown, this tree develops a distinctive upright form with age. This Type II Pecan, Sumner needs a Type I planted nearby for maximum yield. Sumner was a chance seedling found in Tifton, GA. around 1932 by Walter Sumner.

Planting and Application:

The spreading strong branches are ideal for use in windbreaks and shelterbelts! Handling the southeastern US climate best, Sumner will become a towering keystone species and legacy tree in the landscape! Not just for you and future generations, but for all walks of wildlife as well!

Many types of Lepidoptera use Pecan trees as Host Plants for their larvae, songbirds nest and roost in their canopy, and a wide variety of wildlife will help you use your harvest each fall when they need a reliable food source! Create groves that serve as sanctuaries for man and beast by planting multiple Pecan Trees together. Sumner pollinates with Desirable and Oconee Pecans beautifully!

Those strong branches also provide cooling shade over your home and garden, making them an excellent lawn tree! Reduce home cooling costs while adding generational curb appeal to your landscape with one of these mighty edible landscaping trees!

  • Type II Pecan Tree
  • Lush Green Compound Foliage
  • Broad, Tall, Oval Symmetrical Crown
  • Loads of Large Buttery Pecans
  • Beautiful Big Shade Tree - Largest Of The Pecan Family

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Commercial growers love Sumner Pecan Trees because they produce a lot of nuts, are more disease-resistant than most and stand upright and strong without a lot of pruning. Pecans like humid conditions with an extended warm late season throughout USDA growing zones 6 to 10 to ripen the nuts.

Give Pecan Trees a spot in full sun for best results. When you do your tree planting, plan to give a moderate amount of regular water during the first season and consistent moisture in a site with rich, well-drained soils. Provide young trees with a thick layer of mulch over the root system to help during drought, but these trees can be drought tolerant once established. Prune if needed when dormant.

  • Full Sun Trees
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate Yet Regular Moisture
  • Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Prune When Dormant
  • Good Resistance to Pecan Scab

Big trees mean big harvests! And the Sumner Pecans are big on both! While it can take over 10 years from seed to enjoy your first harvest, Nature Hills ships trees that are already forming their tap roots 3-5 years of age, straight from our nursery! Hurry and order this fantastic nut tree for your food forest or urban landscape today from Nature Hills Nursery!

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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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Sumner Pecan Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-10
Growing Zones 6-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Carya illinoinensis 'Sumner'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 50 - 70 feet
Mature Spread 40 - 60 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Greenish
Foliage Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant