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Pawnee Pecan

Item #9319, (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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Protandrous Type I

The most-planted pecan in North America! This hearty variety bears large, full-kernel pecans 2-3 weeks ahead of most other pecan varieties. Heavy producer. Originates from Brownwood, Texas in 1963 and introduced in 1984. Heat-tolerant. Ripens in mid to late October. Grafted. Best pollinators: Kanza or Lakota.


Bloom Color Green
Distance To Pollinator 75 - 250'
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.5
Taste Excellent Flavor
Texture Firm With Good Oil
Years to Bear 5 - 7
Zone Range 6 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 6 - 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.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following between 75 - 250' for optimum 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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Pawnee trees are easy to grow, taste good, make great fast growing shade trees that produce large nuts
LEONARD P on Sep 21, 2017
I chose this brand for the flavor
john j on Oct 7, 2016
Pawnee trees are easy to grow, taste good, make great fast growing shade trees that produce large nuts
LEONARD P on Sep 21, 2017
It is compatible with Kanza and Elliot for pollination of all three.
Lake G on Apr 1, 2017
I chose this brand for the flavor
john j on Oct 7, 2016
Was told by local grower that this variety coupled with Kanza was the only two he would plant. (Central/Southern Illinois)
Jerry B on Sep 27, 2016
hardiness and earlier maturity
Diane T on May 2, 2016
It is one of the varieties recommended by the County Extension office for North Carolina. Also, it was available in a larger size.
C Rene F on Apr 27, 2016
It is compatible with Kanza and Elliot for pollination of all three.
Lake G on Apr 1, 2017
Was told by local grower that this variety coupled with Kanza was the only two he would plant. (Central/Southern Illinois)
Jerry B on Sep 27, 2016
Which varieties are Type1 and which are Type2? What else will polinate a Pawnee, other than kanza and Lakota?
doug h on May 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: While Type I and Type II are important variables, you also have to consider overlap in bloom times, which is why we recommend either Kanza (Type II) or Lakota (Type II) for compatibility with Pawnee (Type I); however, Colby (Type II) could work and Starking Southern Giant (Type II) could work.
I have a Zinner Pecan Tree and live in West Tennessee. Is the Pawnee a good pollinator choice?
Cole A on Jul 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It certainly is. Lucky you, Zinner produces great pecans!
I live in the Missouri Ozarks and the PH is normally around 7 and the trees for this area PH is recommended to be 6.0- 6.5. What are the recommendations?
BillB on May 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can either try acidifying your soil with garden sulfur to bring the pH into the 6.0-6.5 range, or just plant the tree. Pecan trees don't seem to be terribly picky around here, because they grow well with a soil pH in the 6.0-7.0 range.
How do pecans do in done 7 (East TN)?
William J on May 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I ordered my Pawnee pecans and this fall (2017) will be 2 years since they have been planted. They are growing good. We live in Crossville on the plateau and they are full of leaves. They aren't old enough to produce yet but they are alive and growing.
How often do nuts form?
Myrtolyn E on Apr 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If the tres are mature in size every other year. My trees are still small so it could be another 3 to 5 years
Would this be an adequate pollinator for Southern Giant pecans?
Vickie on Jun 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Pawnee is Protandrous Type I; Southern Giant is Protogynous Type II. Cross-pollinating these two types will give you an abundance of nuts.
Have several Pawnees 20 years old ... low production of nuts?
THOMAS P on May 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The culprit is very likely a zinc deficientcy. Many customers have used this with great success: // Rather than trying to dissolve it, most people just sprinkle the recommended amount about 3' out from the trunk out to the dripline, and then let Mother Nature rain it in.
what is the initial fungicide(s) treatment for scab?
s k on Mar 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is the best product we know of for pecan scab: // Please follow the label directions.

Customer Reviews

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pleasant surprise
I planted this tree in spring 2016 in NW OH. The tree grew 14" the first year. The tree survived the winter well and has really started growing this spring and produced catkins. It has grown 14" already by may 2017.
May 22, 2017
over 2 years ago
Pawnee Pecan doing well in Middle Tennessee
I had trouble getting pecan trees started here in Middle TN. But my Pawnee Pecan has really taken off. My Stark Bros. Surecrop and my Hardy Giant are doing great this year too! So if these three continue on this path, I will have pecans for sure in a few years. Very happy!
May 20, 2017
over 2 years ago
Pawnee Pecan
It is only 2 years old so too young to bear, but it is growing beautifully.
August 4, 2016
over 4 years ago
Pawnee pecan tree
The Pawnee Pecan tree arrived in good shape, good root system. It was doing very well even though planting was a bit delayed. However, we did not fully protect it with caging and deer ate every leaf off. It survived and hung on putting out smaller leaves. This spring it didn't look too hopeful but it has come back on one stem with a few leaves. It is tenacious. We hope it continues to grow. Diane T West Central Indiana
May 18, 2017
over 2 years ago
Stark Pawnee Pecan growth habit
Like most all other plants ordered and received from Stark Bros, to date this Pawnee pecan has adapted to our farm site quite well. We attempt to follow any and all instructions received from our local County Extension office (Auburn University) regarding how and when to fertilize, prune and spray which seems to help tremendously.
June 30, 2017
over 2 years ago
Very pleased
Ulnike the bare root Wallnut tress; these trees grew well immediately and are still growing vigorously.
June 6, 2017
over 2 years ago
Great stock
Planted right after delivery. Leafed out out in about a week. Trees look healthy. Some of the better pecan trees stock I have purchased.
May 6, 2017
over 2 years ago
Our tree
Nice tree doing very well..I recommend...have to keep watered. Hopefully will produce some nice pecans when mature.
May 10, 2017
over 2 years ago
I am glad I planted this one. I think it is doing well and leaves or nice color and abundant.
May 17, 2017
over 2 years ago
Growing like a weed
My tree is growing like a weed. It looks amazing. I am so super excited for it to start producing
May 15, 2017
over 2 years ago