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, and even has the tendency to thin its own crop clusters, reducing the stress on the tree and low-quality production. For most Southern orchards, the Desirable is, well, the most desirable cultivar!
However, this tree does has its flaws. The Desirable pecan tree is one of the most scab susceptible pecan cultivars, so 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, such as Stuart, Sumner, or Zinner. According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Desirable is “one of the most valued cultivars as an established tree or in new plantings.”
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Carya illinoinensis 'Desirable'
- Shade tree
- Harvest nuts
- Attractive foliage
- Type-1 pollinator