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Bare Root Hardy Pecan (Carya illinoinensis)

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Hardy, deciduous, North American tree
Description:  Large, handsome tree with slate gray bark and medium green, compound leaves; bears oblong, thin husked, sweet-tasting nuts that ripen in fall; leaves turn yellow in autumn
Habit:  Grows to 70'-100'’ high with a massive trunk and stout branches; slow growing
Culture:  Prefers full sun and rich, moist, well-drained soils
Hardiness:  Cold hardy to USDA Zone 5
Origin:  North America
Attributes:  Edible Nuts

Thomas Jefferson recognized the value of this native tree.  In Notes on the State of Virginia, Jefferson'’s only published book, he listed "Paccan", or "Illinois Nut" among the “esculent” species, and he encouraged his friends in America and abroad to cultivate it.  At Monticello, Pecan nuts were planted numerous times in the nursery and the South Orchard; and Jefferson envisioned establishing a Pecan orchard as well. 


The fruits are also nutritious and beneficial to mammals and birds; and the tree is the larval host of the gray hairstreak butterfly.

This plant will ship bare root.  Approximately 2’-3' tall.

Bare root planting tips:

~  If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
~  Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site.  You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
~  Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing.  Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.

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