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Colby Pecan

Item #3683, (Grafted) EZ Start®. Ships 1' 6" - 3' tall with advanced root system in a 4x4x10" EZ Start® pot. Professionally pruned for FREE!
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Protogynous Type II

Perfect for pecan pie. This tree grows quickly, taking on a sturdy form and tree structure. Bears earlier than most pecan varieties. Produces crops of meaty, thin-shelled nuts. Heat-tolerant. Ripens in late September to early October. Grafted. Best pollinators: Peruque or Starking® Hardy Giant™.


Bloom Color Green
Distance To Pollinator 75 - 250'
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Size Medium
Ripens/Harvest Late September To Early October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.5
Taste Good Flavored
Texture Crunchy
Years to Bear 5 - 7
Zone Range 5 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 75 - 100' tall x 75 - 100' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 75 - 100' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 75 - 250' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow pecan trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
have two that are 15 years old and producing lots of nuts in this zone...???.But, let me tell you about the squirrels!!!!!!!
CALVIN H on Oct 28, 2019
We want pecan trees. We've had such good experiences with Stark that they were the only provider we considered. The Colby is potted, on sale, and is a recommended cross pollinator to the Peruque we also selected.
John L on Jun 22, 2019
have two that are 15 years old and producing lots of nuts in this zone...???.But, let me tell you about the squirrels!!!!!!!
CALVIN H on Oct 28, 2019
zone hardiness
Bob F on Oct 11, 2019
We want pecan trees. We've had such good experiences with Stark that they were the only provider we considered. The Colby is potted, on sale, and is a recommended cross pollinator to the Peruque we also selected.
John L on Jun 22, 2019
I love pecans, and this looks like a good giant shade tree that'll feed us for years!
Josh S on May 17, 2019
It would be a good pollination tree for my other pecan tree
Elisha L on May 15, 2019
Cross pollinator, recommended by Stark Bros.
John F on Apr 23, 2019
Love pecans, and this is one of the few that will handle my climate
Midwest on Mar 8, 2019
early producer
Ernest P on Mar 5, 2019
A neighbor has pecan trees and shared the nuts with us... we want our own so we bought two types
Robin d on Apr 29, 2018
This tree is common to my area and generally has good results. This is also a good pollinator.
David S on Apr 3, 2017
Nancy L on Feb 26, 2017
comes into production more quickly than most pecans, and needed a pollinator for other pecans
alan r on Mar 26, 2016
I wanted to add a different variety to what I already have.
STALLARD M on Mar 5, 2016
zone hardiness
Bob F on Oct 11, 2019
I love pecans, and this looks like a good giant shade tree that'll feed us for years!
Josh S on May 17, 2019
at what age of a pecan tree should you start using zinc sulfate , and how does it help the tree?
WILLIAM J on Jun 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Some pecan trees never require a zinc sulfate treatment, and it should not be applied unless it's needed. You can determine whether a pecan tree is zinc-deficient by doing a soil test. Zinc sulfate prevents and corrects a condition called Rosette, and helps the tree to produce hormones. These hormones enable the cells to enlarge in both its stems and leaves and prevent malformed nuts.
If I'm limited on space and since the spacing between these trees is so far, could I plant fruit trees in between them to better utilize my available space?
Miranda M on Oct 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Nut trees grow slower than and bloom later then other trees. I'd be afraid that if you planted fruit trees around these that they would starve the pecan trees for sunlight. maybe if you didn't plant the fruit trees between the nut trees but more in a triangle pattern it might work.
Will pecans produce in zone 5? Research suggest that they won't produce in zone 5
Del Sechrist on Nov 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Zone 5 is fine as long as you don???t plant southern varieties. They are native here in western MO. We were zone 5 until a a few years ago. There are trees here 4??? diameter. I think Colby is a northern variety from Illinois.
what time of year can pecan trees be planted in WV ?
Harold S on Sep 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
Is the pecan a variety of hickory? If so, will pecan and hickory pollinate each other?
D P on May 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: A hickory cannot pollinate a pecan; they are different species. You'll need another variety of pecan with a similar bloom time, Peruque or Starking?? Hardy Giant???.
Does this tree self pollinate?
Jwillie on Mar 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: All pecan trees require a pollinator. For this variety, we recommend Peruque or Starking?? Hardy Giant???..
Hello! I received a Colby pecan tree, in an EZ start pot. If I delay planting for a few weeks, (in Georgia), do I need to add water to the pot, or do I leave it wrapped up? Can you help me with initial care I need to take before planting? Thanks!
Therese R on Dec 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Congratulations on your new pecan tree! We'd be delighted to assist. I'd like to point you to our Growing Guide, where there are dozens of very helpful articles and sets of instructions to help you along. Here is a post about what to do if you need to delay planting. If you scroll down a little, you will see a section about Potted Trees: ://
What are the fastest bearing pecan trees?
Lois H on Nov 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Colby, Pawnee and Kanza will all start bearing in 5 years.
Will the Stark Surecrop pollinate with the carya illionoinsis?
Jerold M on Oct 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi Jerold, For proper pollination plant two or more seedling pecan, like the Missouri Hardy Pecan, or plant with a grafted pecan tree like the Surecrop. I hope this information is helpful.
Which pecan trees are grafted?
Jwillie on Apr 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: All of our pecan trees are grafted.

Customer Reviews

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Growing well in Zone 6
I bought and planted a Colby and Stark Surecrop last year. Both trees are growing very well but the Colby is growing much faster. In its second season, I already have 18" of new growth through mid-August. Last winter was mild but the tree seems to be thriving in Zone 6. The tree is planted in full sun and mulched with dried grass clippings. I also recommend protecting it from deer as the constant new growth will attract them to sample those green branches.
August 16, 2016
patiently waiting
The trees are growing fine and look healthy as they should, can't wait for them to get to be old enough to produce nuts. Several years yet to go! Just wish I had gotten these years ago!
June 16, 2016
over 4 years ago
Colby Pecan
I've planted three varieties of pecans from Stark Bros., all are doing very well, leafed out and growing again this spring.
May 27, 2016
over 4 years ago
Colby Survived it's first winter
The Colby Pecan survived it's first winter after a fall dormant planting. It is currently thriving and we have hopes that it may be viable for commercial growing in our zone 6B.
May 20, 2016
over 4 years ago
Doing great so far
Trees were packaged nicely, great sprouting started, in second season and looking fantastic
June 13, 2018
over 2 years ago
Pecan trees
We really were pleased with the size and condition of our pecan trees. They are growing so nicely and withstood our cold winters. They are getting sturdier and have lists of new growth on them. I would recommend them to anyone who wants to grow good pecan trees!
May 8, 2016
over 5 years ago
slow starting
I planted this tree in spring 2016 in NW OH. It was slow to leaf out and only grew about 4" in height the whole year. However it survived the winter well and is growing much faster this spring.
May 22, 2017
over 3 years ago
Pecan Trees In Kentucky
This is the second growing year for my Colby, Pawnee and Kanza pecan trees. They are all living and growing well so far. Only time will tell, but I hope to get some pecans in the next 4-5 years.
May 10, 2018
over 2 years ago
good service
We have ordered 80 plus trees over the years and very satisfy with all
May 22, 2016
over 4 years ago
Nice looking little tree. Hope it grows big and produces a lot of pecans
June 4, 2017
over 3 years ago