It is really amazing to read and learn about the interesting pecan trees for which at least 500 unique varieties are available for consumption by people worldwide. To distinguish between them, these have been named after various things; size and flavor of the nut are also the distinguishing factors. Undoubtedly US is the largest producer of pecan nuts and these are grown in different regions of the country depending on the climate and soil required for cultivation of each of these types.
Although they vary in size and shape, they vary in taste but in the end they are all nuts, different flavored nuts. Some of them are categorized as being native while other some of them are improved species of these native nuts. Some are cultivated in the cold temperature regions whereas some temperate ones are grown in warm and dry climate so it all varies according to the temperature and region where these trees are grown. This becomes the main factor that governs its color, size and shape.
Popular Pecan Tree Varieties
Let us review few of the various pecan tree varieties known so far. There are many more species out there but these are a few of the more popular ones. If you are interested to browse our wide range of pecan trees, you can head to our pecan tree sales page here.
The McMillian species of the pecan is the outcome of seedling from the country of Alabama. They tree is known to have amazing resistance to skin and consistently bears nuts of medium size. The nuts from this tree are thick and rough in looks; nut shucks comprises of 50% of the total weight of the pecan nut and consists of nut which is of average quality. McMillan trees are mainly famous for their high yields and resistance to scab and the estimated harvesting time for these types of trees is around 20th of October.
Unlike McMillan, Elliot pecan trees form a vigorous species having deep roots. The tree was first originated in Florida, the northwest region of Florida, and it produces nuts of moderate size. The tree produces nuts light colored nuts that are small in size and have a medium-thick layer of shell. The nut has a strong flavor and the tree has good resistance to scab and various other diseases. It is an ideal choice to be grown in the southern states as the tree requires low chilling regions to cultivate. As the nuts are really small in size, they are a favorite food for animals like squirrels, coons and son on. They are also a baker’s favorite nut as Elliot pecans can be shelled out easily in seamless halves. Elliot pecan trees are normally harvested by mid-October as they the tree shucks are packed completely by the month of July or August.
Desirable pecan tree is a brilliant variety found in the humid regions of east Texans and some areas of south and central Texas too. The desirable pecan tree grows pretty fast but takes its own good time to bear the nuts which is about 8 to 10 years. Although desirable is not a heavy bearer, some old desirable pecan trees regularly produce pecan nuts of really high quality.