Did you know ... Pecan Tree Facts.
October 27, 2014
Did you know that Texas is the very center of the pecan trees’ native habitat? Pecans have been important to the area as long as people have been living here. Many animal, such as deer, turkey, raccoons, squirrels and crows also rely on pecan trees for sustenance. In addition to their use as a food producing plant, Texans also rely heavily on pecan trees to provide much needed shade in urban environments.
While pecan trees produce both male and female flowers on the same plant, they’ve evolved successfully by cross pollinating with other varieties and cultivars. Each plant will develop it’s male and female flowers at different times; this is to insure that they’ll mix pollen with other plants rather than self-pollinating. That means certain varieties and cultivars make good cross-pollinating partners, and others don’t, depending on when their male and female flowers emerge. If your pecan tree hasn’t developed fruit for a number of years, it’s possible that there isn’t a compatible cross-pollinator nearby. However, with the number of pecans in the DFW area, chances are pretty good your tree will find a “mate”.
Pecan tree fun facts:
The Pecan Tree is the State Tree of Texas!
Pecans reach maturity at about twelve years old and can live as long as 300 years!
Non-grafted seedlings and native pecan trees often take 10 to 15 years to begin to produce fruit. Grafted varieties produce fruit in 5-10 years depending on variety.
Many varieties are considered alternate-bearing including ‘Cape Fear’, ‘Creek’, and ‘Pawnee’. This means that one year they’ll produce large quantities of nuts and the following year they’ll produce smaller harvests.
During the years pecans yield large harvests, nutrients are depleted much more quickly. Be sure to feed them more heavily during these years.
Pecans are not actually considered a nut, but instead are a fruit surrounded by a husk with a stone pit in the center, which is the part you eat.
Pecan wood, being a softer wood, is most often used in flooring, veneer, and furniture.
Pecans are especially attractive to Fall Webworms which can present themselves as a problem pest this time of year.
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