Pecan Trees

Pecan trees can be a fun and rewarding nut tree for backyard enthusiasts and orchardists alike! You can buy pecan trees online.

These trees may take a few years to start producing nuts but once they do you will be satisfied with plenty of pecan nuts to go around.

Hardy pecan trees are a specialty of ours here at Perfect Plants and we are proud to offer 14 southern pecan tree varieties. These types of pecan trees can be grown across the United States in USDA growing zones 5-9.

These fast growing trees get extremely tall... up to 70-100 feet tall at maturity. This will take several years to accomplish. Choose a planting site that can handle huge root development. Our grafted rootstock will start producing pecans in as little as 4 years.

We do offer smaller sized dwarf pecan varieties perfect for backyard orchards such as Pawnee Pecan, Sumner Pecan, or Zinner Pecan. Growing in an orchard? These paper shell pecan trees are a great choice for that too. Find out how much space you need per acre to plant pecan trees.

These trees do not ship bare root for the safety and health of the trees. They are rooted in their nursery container with soil. We offer 2 different sizes of most of these pecans: 4x4x10 inch pots or in 5 gallon pots.

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All our blog posts on Pecan Trees will help lead you in the right direction for these easy to grow fruit trees.

Check out our Pecan Grow Guide and blog How to Harvest Pecans for everything you need to know about planting and growing pecan trees.

Pecan Tree Care

How to Grow a Pecan Tree

When growing pecan trees you want to make sure you have a planting site with all the right growing conditions. Your planting site will need at least six hours of sunlight, well-draining soil and you will need to dig a hole that’s at least two times the size of the root ball. Once you have your site you will need to have at least two types of pecan trees: type one and type two. Without both varieties, your pecan trees won’t produce pecans.

How to Plant a Pecan Tree

To plant pecan trees you first want to make sure your planting site is set. Once it’s ready make a hole that's twice the size of the tree's root ball and fill a couple of inches with new soil. Next, take your tree and place it in the hole ensuring that the top of the root ball is flush with the ground. Finally, backfill the hole with soil and water thoroughly. 

When to Plant Pecan Trees

The best time to plant a pecan tree is in early spring when the weather and soil conditions are at their best and just in time for the growing season. Bareroot pecan trees can be planted in late winter. 

Where Do Pecan Trees Grow Best

Pecan trees are best grown in Southern states where temperatures don’t get too cold. Most pecan tree varieties can grow across the United States in USDA zones 6-9. Occasionally, they can grow in zone 5.

How to Fertilize Pecan Trees

The best fertilizer for pecan trees is an all-purpose slow release fertilizer. Apply the pecan tree fertilizer according to the directions on the product. 

When to Fertilize Pecan Trees

The best time to fertilize pecan trees is in early spring when the trees are coming out of dormancy and are preparing for the growing season. 

Pruning Pecan Trees

When pruning your pecan tree you want to prune your tree at the end of winter right before new buds start to form. When pruning you want to trim off any branches that are dead, diseased, broken, or crossing. 

How Fast Do Pecan Trees Grow

The pecan tree growth rate is about 1-2 feet per year. Fertilizing regularly will help speed growth rates.

When Do Pecan Trees Bloom

Pecan trees bloom in spring showing their beautiful pecan tree flowers and catkins, preparing for fruit in summer and fall. 

How Long Do Pecan Trees Live

The pecan tree lifespan can range up to 300 years!

How Long Does It Take a Pecan Tree to Produce

A non-grafted tree can take 10-15 years to produce fruit, but at Perfect Plants, we make it easy by offering grafted trees that only take 3-4 years to produce fruit. 

Do Pecan Trees Produce Every Year

Pecan trees can produce pecans yearly, but heavy production will only occur alternating years. This is known as alternate bearing where there's a light pecan tree nut crop every other year.

How to Make a Pecan Tree Produce

The best thing to do if your pecan tree isn’t producing pecans is to fertilize your plant. Most times pecan trees can’t produce due to a lack of nutrients. 

How to Keep Squirrels Out of Pecan Trees

If you’re having problems with squirrels in your pecan trees you can stop them by using these three tactics. One you can trim the branches so that they’re further apart. Two you can put a pest deterrent at the base of the tree. Lastly, you can add wire, structures, or other barriers to keep squirrels away.