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Ginkgo Biloba vs Burton Hican

Ginkgo biloba

Carya ovata x illinoinensis Burton



Ginkgo Biloba
Burton Hican

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.

Burton Hican is a rare cross between Shagbark Hickory and Pecan. Most Hickory x Pecan hybrids are not reliable producers but the Burton Hican produces large crops annually (in warmer climates). The medium sized nuts fall in between the Pecan and Hickory and are known for having a great flavor. They are well suited to fresh eating, cooking, and baking with a good storage life.

Hicans will carry features from both species. The Hickory influence causes earlier ripening times while the taste and productivity come from the Pecan. The Pecan genetics also cause the nuts to have a thinner shell that is easier to crack and the pecan-like shape makes kernel removal easier.

The Burton Hican is generally considered self pollinating but having a second variety for cross pollination will increase nut production. They have been known to cross pollinate with other Hicans, Shagbark Hickory, and some Pecans. Nut production is expected after 7-10 years.

Note: Plant this tree once. Due to its large tap root transplanting is not recommended.



Zone: 4a
Zone: 5b
Height: 18 m (60 ft)
Height: 21 m (70 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Spread: 15 m (50 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Hybrid: yes
Fall colour: golden yellow
Flavor: Hickory flavoured, rich
Harvest: Oct-Nov
Nuts: Edible and tasty, cook before eating
Nuts: medium sized nut
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: slow
Life span: long
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: none

Toxicity: Uncooked nuts in large quantities

Other Names: gingko, maidenhair tree
Other Names: hican burton