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Pecan tree - Carya illinoinensis (latin)

Geographic origin: North America
Adult size: Height up to 25 m, width up to 10 m
Foliage: Deciduous.
Type of soil: Light and humus rich, acidic to neutral
Climate: Hardy to -15°C.
Position: partial shade to full sun.


Properties and uses:
The Pecan tree is mostly cultivated for its nuts. The innate, green and glossy leaves have long lance-shaped leaflets. They turn yellow in autumn.
The blossoms appear before the leaves, at the end of the winter. First, the 18-cm male catkins decorate the branches followed by the inconspicuous female blossoms.
The Pecan trees do only a poor job of self-pollination, so it is best to plant several trees together to obtain some nuts.
The trees planted around the Mediterranean Sea are the only ones to provide pecan nuts which are harvested in autumn. Properly cured nuts may keep several months in a cool, dry and well-ventilated location.
With its round and broad crown, the Pecan Tree can be planted alone. The tree can also tolerate a lot of moisture for a while and so can help restore a healthy riverbank.

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