Standard on Pecan Seedling rootstock.
Chill hours: 250
Harvest: November 15 - December 10
Looks: The largest pecan with a thin shell.
Personality: Fine quality.
Facts of note: The nuts are very late maturing and often shells out in perfect halves. Does well in low desert climates with lots of water. A very old variety of pecan selected in 1927 for its large size and thin shell. Mahan is a parent of many modern pecan varieties.
Big, elegant trees native to America from Texas to Illinois. Planting a pecan tree can provide you with a yearly supply of delicious, healthful nuts. A pecan tree can grow to be 100 feet tall and the crown spreads out widely, so be aware of placement. When choosing a location for planting a pecan tree, be sure to pick a spot that provides deep, fertile soil with sufficient water, pecans struggle in shallow soil. In some of the southern states, pecan trees grow wild along creeks and rivers as they like water and will struggle if there is not sufficient water. Can be tricky to grow and are subject to a more limited bareroot guarantee limited to 50% of the purchase price (see page 37 for more details). Trees are 2 years old, and should begin to fruit in their 7th-9th year.
When planting Pecans, it is of paramount importance that the entire tap root is buried up to the previous soil line. If the plant is not planted deep enough the tree will desiccate and not want to leaf out. Also, it's not unheard of for pecans to stay dormant until the end of summer. Many pecans leaf out at the end of August/beginning of September, and some pecans stay dormant a whole year and don't leaf out until the next year. The trees should not be on daily irrigation while the roots are still trying to establish and don't need this amount of water.
Please Note: Although most of our bare-root trees arrive to our warehouse in mid-December, there are a few varieties -- Mulberry, Pecan, Persimmon, Quince, and Walnut -- that will not arrive until mid-January. If you order any of those varieties along with varieties that arrive in mid-December, your order will be delayed for shipment until mid-January unless you ask us to split your shipments and agree to pay any additional shipping charges resulting from two separate shipments.
Check out our Fruit Tree Harvest Chart to plan for successive harvests.