Short Season Cold Hardy Pecans Grown in paper Pots for Best Transplanting
This specific seed selection is one of the short season pecans able to grow and fruit in southern Michigan. Its growth rate and habit are like its southern cousins however the ability of the nuts to ripen in areas with low heat units like cloudy Michigan make it possible to not only to grow the tree but have it fill the fruits with delicious high oil nuts. Each branch is loaded with nuts which start to ripen in mid October here in southern Michigan. This tree is also produced from grafting because of its earlier ripening. Northern pecans refer to the most northern range of pecan found mostly in Iowa and Illinois. Sometimes called "ultra northern" these wild trees are found along the Mississippi River and inland. There are not many of them that far north but in short seasons these trees almost always ripen their nuts. They are one of the easiest trees to establish and their tap root make them very drought and heat tolerant. Our paper potted plants make it even easier to have good success with this member of the tap rooted hickory family. To do so it is OK to leave the pot on in this case. The root will leave the bottomless pot and establish quickly while the tree grows through the paper pot and pushes it aside and the bacteria break it down. Even the small amount of plastic on the paper pot will just fragment over time. This is one way to get good success with hickories and why you do not see them in your average garden shop.
The 'Lucas' seedlings are from a larger fruited Ohio pecan seedling. Its hardiness and growth make it an ideal candidate for the northern areas as well as farther south. Because of its short season attributes, it too is called a ultra northern pecan and is well adapted even into zone 5. The growth rate with this selection is very good with no winter damage at minus 25 F.
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|Genus & Species
||Iowa, Michigan, Ohio
||Plant two for overlapping flowering times. Lone trees can be self fertile as well but two is usually best.
||Wet to dry. Very adaptable. Tap rooted.
||Zone 4ish to Zone 8.
|Ease of Cultivation
||Easy to grow. Our plants are grown in long paper pots to accommodate the tap root to make it easier to transplant. Trees take from 7 to 15 years to set a crop. Once that happens rare is there an off year.