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Starking® Hardy Giant™ Pecan

Item #3651, 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

Big, easy-to-crack nuts. Dependably yields thin-shelled pecans for fresh-eating and scrumptious homemade pies. Tree withstands temperatures as low as -20ºF. Discovered in 1947, introduced in 1955. Heat-tolerant. Ripens in late September. Grafted. Self-pollinating, but will yield larger crops if pollinated with Colby or Stark® Surecrop™.


Bloom Color Green
Distance To Pollinator 75 - 250'
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
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 10 - 15
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 is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. Plant one of these varieties within 75 - 250' for best results.

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
I chose this pecan to compliment my black walnut and hazelnuts and round out my baking nut selection
Nancy H on Sep 5, 2020
I have been looking for these trees
Benjamin B on Jul 31, 2020
I chose this pecan to compliment my black walnut and hazelnuts and round out my baking nut selection
Nancy H on Sep 5, 2020
been wanting to add pecan tree to property for long time; various trees accent even though it takes so long for them to produce;
glenda c on Aug 2, 2020
I have been looking for these trees
Benjamin B on Jul 31, 2020
Hardy for here, nice size for the price
Dottie w on Jun 8, 2020
Because I like pecan pie!
James B on May 1, 2020
Chose because was not sure the variety of my current pecan trees so I chose a self pollinating and the other trees can help pollination of this tree...
Ottoabc on Apr 14, 2020
it grew in my zone
Melissa E O on Apr 12, 2020
The grow really well in Oklahoma
Jennifer P on Mar 1, 2020
Love pecans & self-pollinating
Vicki G on Feb 14, 2020
Robert M on Jan 4, 2020
This is going to be planted out in the yard next to the place where my Dad is buried. He loved trees and we as a family we thought this was a fitting one to plant out by his grave.
Brittany S on Dec 25, 2019
Hope to grow my own before I get too old,, lol.
leon k on Nov 27, 2019
Self pollinating. Live very southern area. Hope it will grow well here. ?????
Joseph G on Oct 31, 2019
RED! Need a cross pollinator.
BERYL D on Oct 29, 2019
I wanted to try a nut tree and this was a good variety for my zone.
Mary Ann F on Oct 21, 2019
self pollinating - always great luck with Stark Brothers trees and very reasonably priced
cynthia f on Aug 25, 2019
I wanted a nut tree that would grow in my zone, and pecans are one of my favorite nuts. I read good customer reviews on this particular tree. I bought two so they will produce more nuts.
Eileen G on Jul 19, 2019
i trust Stark Bro.
kenneth b on Jun 14, 2019
I need a pollinator for a Stuart hardy pecan (type 2), so this (type 1) should do it.
Joseph R on Jun 10, 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
The hardy giant pecan name caught my attention
Elisha L on May 15, 2019
I have two mature Missouri Hardy Pecan trees, probably 30 years old, that drop pecans every year, but none are fertilized. Looking for a pollinator. In case it is helpful for someone planting these trees in the north (near Chicago), I lost half the years' growth every year when I first planted them until I started wrapping the trunks every fall. I believe they were coming out of dormancy too early or being scalded by sun reflecting off the snow. Now that they are large, no wrapping is needed.
Martha C on Apr 28, 2019
Always wanted a pecan tree. Love the nuts for baking and eating.
Cyndi T on Apr 24, 2019
I want to add pecans to my orchard, ordered as a pollinator to Surecrop.
JEREMIAH P on Mar 22, 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
I need a tree to replace one that is coming down.
Natalie S on Apr 22, 2017
This is a long term project on our road to being more self sufficient, food wise.
ROBERT H on Feb 9, 2017
Does not need another tree for pollination. Tree is hardy.
STACY G on May 24, 2016
your reputation
Scott G on May 21, 2016
been wanting to add pecan tree to property for long time; various trees accent even though it takes so long for them to produce;
glenda c on Aug 2, 2020
Hardy for here, nice size for the price
Dottie w on Jun 8, 2020
Are these scab resistant?
Franki on Feb 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: According to HortScience, Starking Hardy Giant scores a 1 on a 1-5 scale of scab resistance, with 5 being the least resistant and 1 being most resistant. So the answer would be yes.
I notice these take longer to bear than other varieties. If planted as a pollinator for other pecans, won't it also delay their production?
Terry on Jan 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not necessarily. It is possible for a pecan tree to develop abundant catkins, which supply pollen to the other pecan trees, before it develops its own female flowers (which need to be pollinated by the other pecan trees for nut production).
Can this tree be spaced more than 100' from its pollinator (such as up to 200 feet)?
Stacy K on Mar 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Unless there are a large number of bees or other pecan trees already in the area, pollination may not be very successful. At 200' feet, chances are slim, even though pecan pollen is wind-borne.
Are these pecan trees grafted?
Lupe M on Dec 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! Yes, the Starking?? Hardy Giant Pecan is a grafted tree. It is available in two sizes 1'-2' tall in an EZ Start?? Pot, or 3'-4' tall in an EZ Start?? Pot, both of which have advanced root systems.
When will the trees begin to bear?
Rainie on Nov 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 10-15 years to bear.
Will this tree grow in zone 6a,?
Peach on Dec 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We are in zone 5a our very young trees are growing nicely. Survived a very cold harsh winter last year. First year I wrapped in burlap to help them get through first year. Hopefully they will produce here in zone 5a. 6a should be better for them than here.
How long before it will produce pecans?
Ruth S on Oct 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Ruth, The Starking Hardy Giant Pecan tree can take 10-15 years to establish before bearing nuts. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!
We have a wet lawn that we thought planting fruit and nut trees would balance the water. In zone 6A what would grow best? Ty
Susan C on Feb 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Have planted 3 pecan trees last summer. Will have to see how they overwintered in zone 7 this spring. I do note --cherry trees do not like wet feet. My second try does produces a few cherries after 4 years. My peach trees have done well, producing a few even in the first year. Still waiting for the pear and apple trees to produce. They are only 4 or 5 years old and growing. I keep all pruned every year
How fast does a pecan tree grow?
Dave M on Feb 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This question is full of variables. In my conditions with better than average soil conditions and adequate care, the trees grow relatively slow at first and should be protected from small mammals. Once established (in my case after 2 years) the trees start to grow quickly (6-10" / year). For mast producing trees this isn't a bad growth rate and I would say that in 5-10 years I'll have some nuts if all goes well. Don't expect a major harvest until they are well established and unfortunately with trees this is usual 15-20 years, it's just the way it is with nut trees. One tip is to get the largest and healthiest stock available; that's why I choose Starks - because their stock is second to none.
Am asking this on behalf of a customer: "I live in zone 8B which would indicate this Pecan variety would work. However, I am pretty far north (long sunny days in summer and short overcast/rainy days in the winter). So my question is, has anyone been successful successful with hardy pecans near or north of my location in zone 8B?"
LeAnn Staff on Jan 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I live in zone 7a. Outside of the horses reaching down into my cage(note tall cage wire and 4 posts, and big diameter cage if horses, or cows have access to your tree) the Hardy Giant did quite well, and we have some baking summers, and hit zero once in a while in the winter.
How wide does a stark giant pecan get ?
Joseph G on Nov 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. When this tree matures, it will be approximately 75 - 100' tall x 75 - 100' wide.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
what does potted mean? do I take the plant out of the pot? pecan tree
diane on Aug 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes, potted just means they are grown in the 4x4 pots in our green house.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What is the typical/expected annual growth of this tree?
Tim U on Aug 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Pecan trees have a moderate growth rate, and you can expect trees to grow about 13 to 24 inches per year. Tree growth rate is dependent on several factors, such as sun exposure, soil, water, drainage, spacing and fertility
How old are the pecan trees you ship out?
Brenda S on May 31, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. All of our trees are 2 years of age at shipping.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How long does this nut tree take to produce nuts?
Julie R on Apr 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We've only had them in the ground for a couple years, and they are not near producing nuts. I think the description of the trees says it is 10-15 years to bear fruit.
Can I get a dwarf pecan tree self pollinators?????
Jeanne L on Dec 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Pecan trees mature to be very large trees and are not considered to be dwarfs. They also need to be pollinated.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Already have 2 trees that have never bared fruit wanting one to help with pollination but don't know varieties that are already growing?
Sharon on Nov 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: 2 trees should be enough try spraying them with zinc in spring, these trees need zinc they sell crystals in an aluminum looking bag on Amazon put a tablespoon in a gallon sprayer with warm water and spray about 1 time every 2 weeks depending on tree size and give them plenty of water you should see fruit the following year.
Planted 2 over 20 years ago look good never made 1 nut , south ms.. any suggestion?
Shelton L on Sep 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We recommend you do a soil test - it's very possible the soil could be zinc-deficient. This is a common problem with pecan trees. It's easily remedied with this:
What pecan trees bear within 5-10 years?
Rainie on Nov 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Pawnee and Kanza bear in 6-9 years, and Colby bears in 5-9 years.
Can be pollenated Witt Elliot?
Marilyn H on Jul 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they will work as a good pair.
Can you ship to Arizona?
John S on May 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you type your zip code into the Zone Compatibility section above, a checkmark will appear if there are no restrictions on shipping this tree to your area.
Can this tree handle afternoon sun?
BeckyV on Sep 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If you are in a compatible growing zone, it can handle whatever average weather is in your zone. Pecan trees thrive on full sun and will produce a better crop than a tree that has afternoon shade.
I live in zone 6, and only AFTER planting two "hardy" trees learned that they need at least 180 frost free days to produce nuts, even if the trees survive. My area gets an average of 167 frost free days. Will I get any nuts, just less, or none at all??
Zone 6 on Sep 13, 2020

Customer Reviews

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Growing Well
This little pecan is not only growing well but has triple it's size since I purchased
May 16, 2016
over 5 years ago
Hardy Pecan
It's still small, but survived a WI winter... so I'm excited about that:)
November 23, 2016
over 5 years ago
Growing like a weed!
My tree has only been growing here in south eastern Minnesota for a couple of years but it is growing like a weed. It has obviously been a very healthy tree!
August 4, 2016
over 5 years ago
giant pecan tree in Kansas
It is doing well. The pecan trees that I purchased from you 16 years ago have produced nuts for the last several years.
May 5, 2017
over 5 years ago
In Ohio
Last year I ordered 1 potted pecan and two almonds un-potted. The Almonds did not survived the summer and I was fully refunded for them. This year (2017) I ordered two more Pecans because the first has done so well and a Nectarine which have all done well into June. The pecans seem to like the wettest part of the yard near the pond and while not producing nuts for a few more years are really looking good and require very little spray to defend against Ohio native insects.
June 3, 2017
over 4 years ago
Thrives well in Nw Ar
Slow growers but thriving in Nw Ark. Rocky clay soil amended with peat and sand to help early years. Growth tops out 3 inch/yr.. Be patient
May 13, 2017
over 4 years ago
Stark Pecan Trees
The trees are beautiful, they are thriving after two winters in northern Illinois. Pecan trees are beautiful shaped trees and offer moderate shade, we are looking forward to harvesting Pecans from our trees as an added bonus.
May 28, 2017
over 4 years ago
Looking good after 1 year
My pecan tree is looking good after having it for only 1 year.
May 12, 2017
over 4 years ago
Year 2 and going great
Planted right away and it has really taken off in year 2.
May 12, 2018
over 3 years ago
Excellent Cold Hardiness
I have one of these along with a Stark Bros Sure Crop... Both trees have made it through the winter, where we had extended periods of temperatures in the -30 range with wind chills -50. I figured these trees wouldn't make it through, but they are lush and growing rapidly!
July 27, 2019