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Horse Chestnut vs Hardy Pecan

Aesculus hippocastanum

Carya illinoinensis


Horse Chestnut
Hardy Pecan

Horse Chestnut is a medium sized deciduous tree that is native to Greece but has been grown in North America for hundreds of years. It produces large nuts.

A top CO2 absorbing species. Experts think this tree may help climate change more than others.

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: 3a
Zone: 5a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 24 m (80 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 15 m (50 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Flowers: yellow
Nuts: large spiky nuts
Nuts: oval, brown
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: slow
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: high
Suckering: none
Suckering: none

Toxicity: most parts of plant are toxic

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