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Ginkgo Biloba vs Hardy Pecan

Ginkgo biloba

Carya illinoinensis


Ginkgo Biloba
Hardy Pecan

The Ginkgo Biloba is regarded as one of the most distinctive and beautiful of all the deciduous trees, and has remained genetically unchanged for millions of years. Its beautifully fan-shaped leaves develop a clear yellow colour in fall. Graceful and attractive year-round, Ginkgo is the perfect conversation starter in your yard.

Hardy Pecan trees are known for their edible nuts that ripen in late autumn. They can be eaten raw or cooked and can be used in a wide range of baked goods. If stored properly in a cool, dry location, they can be kept for up to 6 months in their shell. Trees tend to bear nuts at maturity, which occurs around 6 -10 years. The size and form of this tree also makes it a great shade or feature tree for your landscape.

For nut production, it is recommended that at least 2-3 are planted so that cross pollination can occur. In colder areas it is likely that nut production will be limited, especially in locations with late frosts and shorter growing seasons.

If exposed to high winds, Hardy Pecan is known to lose branches, but these can be used as firewood, or to smoke foods with a hickory flavour. Finding seed or seedlings of this tree is rare in Canada.

Note: plant this tree once. It will not respond well to transplanting.



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Zone: 4a
Zone: 5a
Height: 18 m (60 ft)
Height: 24 m (80 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Spread: 15 m (50 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: golden yellow
Flowers: yellow
Nuts: Edible and tasty, cook before eating
Nuts: oval, brown
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: slow
Life span: long
Life span: long
Suckering: none
Suckering: none

Toxicity: Uncooked nuts in large quantities

Other Names: gingko, maidenhair tree
Other Names: carya pecan, faux hickory, hicoria pecan, illinois nut, illinois nut tree, pecan hickory, soft-shelled hickory, sweet pecan