The Desirable Pecan cultivar thrives in humid climates, making it a prime tree selection for the hotter states, especially Florida. One of the most characteristic aspects of Desirable is its large, well-filled nuts, setting the standard in the Southeast.
The Desirable pecan tree boasts continuous production of high-quality crops year after year. It even has the tendency to thin its own crops, reducing the stress on the tree and low-quality production habits. For most Southern orchards, the Desirable is, well, the most desirable cultivar! They are a favorite pecan tree for the large, round, well shaped nuts with excellent flavor.
However, this tree does has its flaws. The Desirable pecan tree is one of the most scab susceptible pecan cultivars. Therefore a rigid fungicide spraying system is highly recommended for best results.
The Desirable is a slower-yielding cultivar, and can take up to ten years before its first production. However, as the tree matures it exhibits higher yields. This is a Type I pollinator Pecan Tree and requires a Type II to produce nuts. Some good options for cross pollinators are Stuart, Sumner, or Zinner. According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Desirable pecan is “one of the most valued cultivars as an established tree or in new plantings.”
Grows best in zones 6-9 and can grow up to 70-100 feet tall. This tree has a fast growth rate and can grow up to 2 to 3 feet per year.
A great choice for home or commercial orchard planting. A heavy pecan producer, you can’t go wrong with this type 1 pollinator. The pecans are shaped and abundantly filled.
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Carya illinoinensis 'Desirable'
- Shade tree
- Harvest nuts
- Attractive foliage
- Type-1 pollinator