Carya illinoensis

Hardy Pecan

Carya illinoensis

Tips for Homeowners:

The tree is rather weak wooded and will require preventative pruning to prevent branches from breaking.

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This is a good multipurpose tree for the landscape. Commercially it is valued in the lumber industry and for nut production.

  • A large tree for large spaces
  • Produces sweet, edible nuts
  • Native with attractive fall foliage

This is a very large tree and should be given plenty of room to grow.

Height: 75-100 ft
Spread: 40-70 ft
Zone: 5-9
Color: Yellow

Interesting Notes about Hardy Pecan:

For nut production it is recommended to grow at least 2 different varieties for cross pollination, which is done by the wind. The tree may take several years before nuts are produced.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Native
  • Fall Color
  • Naturalizing
  • Specimen
  • Attractive fruit
  • Edible

Foliage Color:

  • Green
  • Yellow


  • Full Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water