The Pawnee pecan is one of the most planted and beloved pecan trees in the US due to its yield potential for high-quality nut size and early season harvest dates.
This pecan tree variety is a cross between the Mohawk and Starking Hardy Giant varieties. Its early maturity makes it an optimum choice for shorter growing seasons.
This cultivar typically ripens in mid to late September or early October and produces 56 nuts per lb with 54% kernel 2-3 weeks earlier than most other pecan varieties.
The excellent kernel color and quality of the large, thin-shelled nuts make them easily crackable and able to enjoy.
The Pawnee pecan tree has outstanding resistance to yellow aphids and is moderately scab resistant. This cultivar is also extremely heat-tolerant, making it a great Southern tree.
The Pawnee thrives planted in full sun to partial shade and can tolerate a variety of soil types though. Well-draining soil is best though for root development. This is a Type-1 pollinator and requires a Type-2 like Elliot Pecan, Stuart Pecan, or Sumner Pecan to produce nuts.
This nut tree can reach a height of up to 20-30 feet tall at maturity. Grow in USDA plant hardiness zones 6-9.
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Carya illinoinensis 'Pawnee'
- Harvest nuts
- Shade tree
- Attractive foliage
- Type-1 pollinator