I am pleased with the result (the pruning was impeccable) and appreciate that Jose and his partner were conscientious of my property. ”- John D.
Thank you! All went well! ”- Richard P.
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 its male and female flowers at different times; this is to insure that they’ll mix pollen with other plants rather than self-pollinate. 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 Dallas-Fort Worth area, chances of your tree finding a “mate” are pretty good.
Pecan tree fun facts:
- The Pecan 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 Pecan 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.