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Starking® Hardy Giant™ Pecan

Item #3651, (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

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.

Related Assortments

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We bundle many of our popular products in assortments with other items that compliment each other. Plus, when you purchase an assortment, you save money compared to buying each item individually!

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.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
self pollinating - always great luck with Stark Brothers trees and very reasonably priced
cynthia f on Aug 25, 2019
i trust Stark Bro.
kenneth b on Jun 14, 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
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 need a pollinator for a Stuart hardy pecan (type 2), so this (type 1) should do it.
Joseph R on Jun 10, 2019
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.
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.
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.

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 4 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 4 years ago
Hardy Pecan
It's still small, but survived a WI winter... so I'm excited about that:)
November 23, 2016
over 4 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 4 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
Looking good after 1 year
My pecan tree is looking good after having it for only 1 year.
May 12, 2017
over 3 years ago
Year 2 and going great
Planted right away and it has really taken off in year 2.
May 12, 2018
over 2 years ago
Looking fantastic 2nd season
Right now it is a beautiful little tree and looks great
June 13, 2018
over 2 years ago