Missouri Hardy Pecan

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Vigorous and productive. This seed-grown variety yields small pecans that make up for their size with rich flavor and high oil content. Heat-tolerant. Ripens from late September to late October. For proper pollination, plant two or more seedling pecan trees or plant with a grafted pecan tree like Starking® Hardy Giant™.

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Bloom Color Green
Distance To Pollinator 75 - 250'
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Size Small
Ripens/Harvest Late September To Late 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 10 - 20
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.


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.

Questions & Answers

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Leslie C on Oct 1, 2018
Leslie C on Oct 1, 2018
Because we have one pecan tree, and need this one to help it produce pecans
Joanne D on Mar 14, 2016
Because we have one pecan tree, and need this one to help it produce pecans
Joanne D on Mar 14, 2016
why do the nuts fall with the green husks still on them?
gary m on Oct 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: That's very normal for hickory trees, including pecans. Longer, hotter summers with more time to ripen will tend to give the nuts more time to separate from the husk, but my experience is that most need to be hulled. Hit it gently with a hammer at the tip where the lines of the husk come together and it will separate readily. If it doesn't, it wasn't ripe.
do the nuts fall off with the husks still green?
gary m on Oct 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi Gary, Thank you for asking this question. A ripe pecan nut is ready to harvest in the fall when the husk starts to split and the nut shell beneath the husk turns brown. You shouldn't pick nuts like you do apples or pears; instead, you encourage the tree to allow them to drop to the ground. If you need any further assistance with harvesting please see our growing guide for pecans. Your planting success is important to us!
How do these do in wet areas?
John B on Aug 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Mine occasionally get flooded with heavy rain, but seem to flourish. This means they stay pretty well drenched for 2 days. Otherwise, they are in full sun all day. Steve from Suffolk, VA
Fertiity? What and when? For Missouri Hardy Pecan.
John D on Mar 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It normally takes two year's before you will get some nuts.
I live in west Ky, when 2 varieties would be best to allow cross pollination?
Jheldenbrand on Oct 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Starking Hardy Giant would be a great pollinator. Here's a link to the page, if you'd like more information: //www.starkbros.com/products/nut-trees/pecan-trees/starking-hardy-giant-pecan
Will my hardy Missouri native Pecan trees polinate my Pawnee?
Carol P on Jun 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Missouri Hardy pecan tree's pollen shed time likely happens too late in the season to be an ideal pollen source for the Pawnee pecan tree's flowers. For reliability, I'd suggest a variety like Kanza or Lakota to go with your Pawnee.
Will the Missouri Hardy Pecan pollinate my Stuart tree or are they not compatible?
Jmeyer on May 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They do have a similar bloom/pollen-shed time, so it should work.
Will the Missouri Hardy Pecan be able to be pollinated by another tree of the same variety, or will it need a different pollinator?
Brian on Nov 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It may be preferable to plant another variety of pecan for cross-pollination, since each variety has slight differences, but two seedling pecan trees (like Missouri Hardy) can cross-pollinate one another.
Does this tree pollinate before it blooms, or vice versa?
Randy D on May 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I believe it would be during bloom. As the pollen is generated as part of the bloom.
I planted a Missouri Hardy Pecan back in 2007 and it's doing quite well. The literature said it would bear fruit in 10-20 years, but needs a pollinator. The book recommends either another of the same variety, or the Starking Hardy Giant Pecan, which is said to bear nuts in 10-15 years. I'm not sure I will still be around that long (will likely move in about 10 years). I would like to try a pecan that is both self-pollinating and matures a little quicker, such as the Southern Giant Pecan. Would the southern Giant Pecan still act as pollinator for the Missouri Hardy Pecan, even if not the ideal pollinator?
David on Feb 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, I wouldn't recommend Starking Southern Giant. Pecan tree pollination is a little different from fruit trees. Pecan trees bloom and shed pollen at different times (some early and some late) depending on the variety. Given your requirements for early-bearing, to overlap Missouri Hardy pecan tree's pollen shed and bloom time, it would be better to go with either a Desirable or Peruque pecan tree. These are not self-pollinating varieties, but even "self-pollinating" pecan trees perform much better with a compatible partner.

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The young tree is doing fine.
This is the sThat tree is about 16 feet tall and bloomed for the first time last year. That was when I was made aware that I needed two of them to get nuts, so I ordered another and planted it about 60 feet away. I expected to not get any nuts for another ten years or so, but actually the older tree bloomed profusely this year and now has a few pecans on it. I am sure the production will be much better when the young tree gets old enough to bloom, also.
August 14, 2016
over 5 years ago
gambled in zone 4
Where I live is in the southern part of zone 4 and I thought I would try and see if I could nurse this zone 5 tree. Unfortunately my experiment didn't work. No fault of the tree.
May 5, 2016
over 7 years ago
Missouri Pecan
I purchased two trees which arrived in very goo health. Both produces leaves the same year I planted them, however this year one had apparently died where the other one has taken off like crazy. I may need to repurchase a tree but I love the pecan tree which not only will sometime produce wonderful nuts but very adequate shading.
May 30, 2016
over 5 years ago
My Missouri Hardy Pecan Trees story.
I live in Beavercreek, Ohio and purchased two Missouri Hardy Pecan trees from Stark Bros about 2001. Upon delivery I found what appeared to be two twelve inch long twigs with roots. I planted them in the spring following the attached directions. The trees did well and grew larger each year. However, I noticed immediately one of the trees had galls appearing on the leaves each year. After a few years I researched the issue and found out the galls were the results of Pecan Leaf Phylloxeria. Apparently, one tree was delivered with this insect already infecting it because this insect is not native to this area. I tried for years to clear the tree of this insect but failed. Then quite by accident in the early spring of 2014 I had some Beyer BioAdvanced Tree and Shrub Protect and Feed Concentrate left over after treating our ash trees for Emerald Bore and I applied it to the base of the infected pecan tree. It completely eliminated the Phylloxeria infestation. I applied the Beyer the following year to ensure complete removal of this pest. The tree has been insect free since then. It took about seven years before the trees began bearing pecans. Both trees are now humongous and rain down pecans in the fall. In the first few years after the trees began to bear the local squirrels which did not recognize this nut ignored them. Now it is a race between us and the squirrels to grab them in the fall.
January 29, 2020
Growing like a weed
Have had this in the ground and all is well. Plant arrived happy and healthy and is doing well through this Spring. Hopefully in a few years it will be bearing well. Just like my other trees from Stark. Need to order another for the farm, this one is at my home.
May 6, 2017
over 4 years ago
Hardy Pecan
Ordered 3 or 4 hardy pecan, planted mid-autumn in N. Arkansas. Put at depth, with correct soil, mulch, put deer fence around each. Winter was mild. None survived to spring except one I found a few inches of tree that I nurtured and may survive. These were not cheap, plus cost of soil, mulch, t-posts, fence. Disappointed in quality. Got large number of pecan trees from MO Dept Conservation, arrived larger and all health (3 kinds), appear all to be thriving.
May 18, 2016
over 6 years ago
Good price and doing well in my area.
I purchased 4 of these trees over about a 3 year span. All but one of the trees lived. I kept them in a 5 gallon pot near the house for the 1st year so I could water them easier and keep an eye on them. I live in Northwest Arkansas, zone 7B - hot summers and mostly mild winters. My first two trees are about 8 years old now and I estimate them over 15 ft tall. Honestly I've never even fertilized these trees, just occasionally some water when it's dry and they've done great. My plan is to start fertilizing at the proper times I haven't seen any nuts yet but hope it won't be too long.
July 20, 2017
its great!
My Pecan trees are doing very well, I bought them with the intention of bringing them to Nepal where I live and they made it through the 30 hours flight intact! one of them was bent in the luggage and stays that way till today but its perfectly fine! thank you!
June 4, 2018
over 3 years ago
Missouri Pecan
I bought this tree because I was fascinated with the idea that you could grow pecans in Northern Indiana after I saw a huge Pecan tree in a county park in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It has been difficult to get the trees established and I have had to replant and try a second time but I now have one tree through three winters and another through two winters.
June 24, 2017
over 4 years ago
Not hardy enough for TN
These are not hardy enough to survive in TN. Only 1 survived summer and it did not come back in spring.
May 13, 2017
over 5 years ago