Sumner Pecan Tree | Type 2 Pollinator

Sumner Pecan Tree | Type 2 Pollinator

  • Harvest nuts

  • Shade tree

  • Disease resistant

  • Type-2 pollinator

Regular price $29.99

  • In stock, ready to ship
  • Inventory on the way
  • Ships in 2-3 business days
  • Buy direct from the grower
  • Family owned farm since 1980
  • You're good to grow this in Zone X

The Sumner Pecan tree is a great choice if you are looking for strong tree to provide high yields of delicious, home grown pecans!

These fruit trees were discovered in Tifton, Ga in 1932 by Walter Sumner. They have been gracing the southern United States with their high quality paper shell nuts that are easy to crack open and enjoy immediately or to make pecan pie!

The Sumner trees produce large-sized nuts that yield around 52 nuts per pound with 52% kernel and wonderful taste. The thin shells are known as papershell pecan tree cultivars. The tree will bear nuts after 3-5 years.

This is a Type-2 pollinator and requires a Type-1 like Cape Fear Pecan or Creek Pecan to cross pollinate and produce nuts. Sumner pecan tree pollination is done by the wind and you can read more about that in our Nut Tree Pollination blog.

How to Care for Pecan Trees

Sumner trees prefer full sun and have a fall harvest date. Its mature pecan nuts ripen in early October to late October.

Grow this pecan variety in USDA hardiness zones 6-9. A slow release fertilizer at the top of the root ball near the tree trunk during planting will help with root development the first year of tree planting.

It will grow up to 50-70 feet tall and 40-60 feet wide as a mature tree and has an extremely fast growth rate. The Sumner features an upright habitat and prefers deep, moist, well-drained soil. Perform a soil test to check soil pH and to see what else is missing in your garden soil.

Regular watering is a necessity during its first growing season to establish a strong root system, as well as minimal pruning  done in the winter to encourage spring growth. Young pecan trees will need extensive watering to maintain their large root systems once the tree starts growing.

This Carya illinoinensis pecan cultivar is pecan scab and disease resistant and is a great choice for backyard planting or for growing great shade trees.

Please note, we do not ship bare root trees. They are rooted in a container with soil and have established tap roots.

Shop the Sumner paper shell pecan tree for sale.

Check out our Pecan Grow Guide for more info on growing and planting pecan nut trees!

Shipping information

Once your Sumner Pecan Tree | Type 2 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.

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.

Growing 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 and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!



The Sumner 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 Sumner 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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Botanical Name
Carya illinoinensis 'Sumner'

Full Sun

Foliage Color

Mature Width
40-60 ft

Mature Height
50-70 ft

Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9

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