Arboretum
"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." - Alexander Smith   
Pecan
(Carya illinoensis)

Donated by Forrest Sprehe
Tree Map Location: # 86


Pecan tree Pecan leaf Pecan bark Pecan fruit


Leaf: Alternate, pinnately compound with 9 to 15 finely serrate and often curved leaflets, 12 to 18 inches long.  
Flower: Monecious; male flowers in hanging, yellow-green catkins, often in pairs of three (4 to 5 inches long); females are small and yellowish green, 4-angled.  
Fruit: Large, oblong, brown, splotched with black, thin shelled nuts, 1 1/2 to 2 inches long, husks are thin, usually occur in clusters on trees, mature in fall.  
Twig: Moderately stout, light brown, fuzzy (particularly when young); leaf scars large and three lobed; buds are yellowish brown to brown, hairy, with terminal buds 1/4 to 1/2 inch long.  
Bark: Smooth when young, becoming narrowly fissured into thin broken strips, often scaly.  
Form: A large tree (can reach heights well over 100 feet) with spreading crown when in the open.  
Source: College of Natural Resource Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  
Website: http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro

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