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Growing Together, Issue #107
November 27, 2015

Pecan Tree Largest Of Hickories

Welcome to the November issue of Growing Together newsletter from Gardening With Herbee. We welcome a few new members, as well as all of you returning. We hope you had a wonderful November. This month we would like to share a little information on the Pecan Tree.

pecan tree

This time of year here in the states you can smell fresh pecan pies baking in the oven. One of the favorite desserts for Thanksgiving. The pecan tree is the largest variety of the Hickory family. These trees are commercially the most productive trees in the United States.

This tree does best in zones 6 through 9 here in the United States. It is a deciduous, and can mature anywhere from 70 to 100 feet tall. It's width can be between 35 to 77 wide. It does best growing in at least 6 to 7 hours of full sun. The pecan is considered an average grower. In a good year, it can grow 1 and a half to 2 feet.

This tree can grow in a variety of soil. It does like acidic and needs to have well-drained conditions. One thing to think about with this tree. It takes between 5 to 10 years to begin producing nuts. The pecan tree can live up to 300 years. Wouldn't that be neat for humans? Here is a tip: the pecan has a very deep tap or mother root. Once established, it is very hard to transplant. Before you plant this tree, make sure you have a large space for it to grow.

One of the highlights of this tree for nature is it provides shade for those warm summer days. Many animal species love pecans as well. It isn't unusual to see squirrels, some bird species, deer, and wild turkeys feast on these nuts- fruit. That's right, pecan nuts are actually considered a fruit, not a nut. They still produce a wonderful taste for our baked goods, and plain eating.

Another big highlight of course is the wood that is cured and made into furniture, cabinets, and flooring. Pecan is a hard wood, and lasts for many years. The grain is deep and rich. If yoru in a geographical location to grow your own pecan tree, have the space, it is a great addition to your landscape.

Tip For The Month

As many of you head into full swing of the holidays, remember to be safe with outdoor lights around your trees and shrubs. plugs and outlets need to be protected from the elements. When hanging lights, be careful not to damage any of your branches, leaves, or limbs. A little heat for the shrubs and trees is nice for the cold days and nights. Be gentle with them, so you can enjoy their beauty next year.

Thought For The Month

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks. Many be getting together this weekend with family and friends. Take the time not to stress, relax and enjoy the company. This is a great time to reflect on all the wonderful people and things in our lives. With all the violence in our world today, make it a point to give an extra hug to those special people in your life. Herbee and I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, and a peaceful and fun December. We look forward to being with you again at the end of December. Need a little motivation and daily dose of good will? Check out our Granny's Little Folks Daily Dabble. You can get a new dabble daily. Be safe and enjoy life to its fullest.

Herbee and Kimberly

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