Oconee Pecan Tree | Type 1 Pollinator

Product Description

The Oconee Pecan tree is best known for its excellent yield potential when compared to the other pecan cultivars. Grows great as a backyard tree!

This Carya illinoinensis pecan variety will yield around 48 nuts per pound with 53% kernel. The pecan nuts are robust and tend to grow in clusters. Oconee’s shells are easy to break open and keep intact halves, allowing you to have a taste of the delicious nut right away.

Please note the large nut size of the tree appears with age. The older the tree, the larger and more high quality the nuts the tree produces! The time of year for harvest date is in the fall in October. Pecan nuts will appear after the 5th year.

Oconee Pecan Tree Information

The Oconee is a fairly low-maintenance tree, and is moderately resistant to scab and disease resistant in most environments. It is resistant to pecan phylloxera disease. It is a cross selection from Schley x barton and was released in 1989.

Oconee is a Type 1 pollinator and should be pollinated with Type 2 pecan trees like Elliot Pecan or Kanza Pecan. Pecan tree pollination is important for producing large bushels of nuts year after year. You can compare different pecan trees with this blog.

It can grow up to 70-100 feet tall and has a 70 foot branch spread as a mature tree. Plant pecan tree in full sun to partial shade in moist and well-drained soil. They have an extremely fast growth rate and make great shade trees.

Grow this pecan tree across the United States in USDA growing zones 6-9. Water extensively the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. A slow release fertilizer at the top of the root ball helps stimulate growth.

These are not bare root trees. These are shipped in a container rooted in soil.

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Check out our Pecan Grow Guide for more information on growing pecan trees and pecan tree care!

Botanical Name

Carya illinoinensis 'Oconee'

Sunlight Full Sun
Foliage Color Medium to dark green
Mature Height 70-100 ft
Mature Width 70 ft
Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Harvest nuts
  • High quality yields
  • Shade tree
  • Attractive foliage

Shipping Info

Once your Oconee Pecan Tree | Type 1 Pollinator order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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The Oconee Pecan needs a location is full sun where it will have great clearance for it’s large mature size to remain in full sun and with good airflow. Soil should be well drained and not soggy, but regular watering is essential for the life and productivity of any Pecan Tree, and especially important for a newly planted tree.

Pecans have a very deep root system and in order to be sufficiently hydrated, water should be given slowly and plentifully to achieve moisture at the necessary depth. Pests can be a concern for any Pecan variety so a pesticide, especially one that targets Aphids, should be kept on hand to apply when needed.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Oconee Pecan Tree, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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  1. Gwen Penn

    I bought this tree. 4x4x10 refers to the size of the planter box it is shipped in. Tree was healthy and exactly what I expected. PPN has great customer service.

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