Pecan is one of the most important native nut trees in North America. It is a large, straight-trunked tree native to river bottoms and rich fertile soils. The trees develop a broad, almost flat-topped crown, composed of vase-shaped branches, with a large relatively short trunk. The nut, a beloved pie ingredient, ripens in the fall.

Pecan Facts:

  • Scientific name: Carya illinoinensis
  • Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
  • Range: orig. Mississippi Valley and west into Texas; now across much of the U.S.
  • Height: up to 140 ft. (in the landscape, 60-70 ft. high, 40-60 ft. wide is common)
  • Nuts: long, thin-shelled, brown nut
  • Fall colors: yellow

If Trees Could Sing…

Click here to see Amy Grant talk about one of her favorite trees. Video courtesy of The Nature Conservancy and Amy Grant.

The newly planted Pecan tree at Old Town. Picture taken February 2021.