Starking® Southern Giant Pecan

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Protogynous Type II

Produces large, flavorful nuts — about 31 per pound. This beautiful, stately tree makes a great addition to the landscape and bears significant crops of superb-quality nuts. Disease-resistant to phylloxera. Heat-tolerant. Ripens in late October. Grafted. Self-pollinating, but will yield larger crops if pollinated with Desirable or Peruque. Type II (protogynous)

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Bloom Color Green
Distance To Pollinator 75 - 250'
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.5
Taste Excellent, Good Oil
Texture Thick Kernels
Years to Bear 6 - 9
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.


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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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I love to eat pecans
deborah c on May 6, 2020
Sam. Love pecans
Billy T on Oct 28, 2019
I love to eat pecans
deborah c on May 6, 2020
Great shade tree with pecans
Chad S on Feb 10, 2020
Sam. Love pecans
Billy T on Oct 28, 2019
Oddly, almost the same as my last name! Couldn???t help myself!
Azalea S on May 26, 2019
popularity and region
Sandy C on Dec 19, 2018
Good company, good pecan tree that i wanted
William D on Oct 8, 2018
Had a pecan tree in California, and we love pecan pie.
Wayne K on Jun 29, 2018
Hoping for faster yield and says hardy in lower zone 5
Kathryn H on Mar 27, 2017
Great shade tree with pecans
Chad S on Feb 10, 2020
Oddly, almost the same as my last name! Couldn???t help myself!
Azalea S on May 26, 2019
Does this Starking Southern Giant Pecan have a hard shell? How does it compare to the shell of a Desirable?
pastorken on Dec 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is an awesome pecan. They truly make a huge nut. Made me not to want to deal with any other pecan since it dwarfs all others. Can't compare with a desirable as I don't have one. I bought two more giants last year
How long does it take to produce nuts?
Ruthie on Oct 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Ruth, The Starking Southern Giant Pecan tree can take 6-9 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!
I have a mature pecan tree of unknown variety, what variety should I get to ensure cross-pollinization in zone 7?
john h on Aug 28, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. If you do not know which variety that is a hard question as you need a type 1 and a type 2 for proper pollination. I would reach out to your county extension to see if they could determine your type.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Hi, do you also ship plants to Europe? Would they survive the trip? Maybe in the winter months when the plant's hibernate.
Toma?? K on Jun 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot ship products outside the United States, or to Hawaii.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I bought the starking southern giant pecan tree from you last year. I would like to get
the starking hardy giant pecan tree but I am concerned that they would not cross pollinate since have different months that they bear fruit . Is this still advisable to get with my southern giant pecan?
Fe Y on May 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. They are both self pollinating varieties so yo can plant them and expect both to bare nuts.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I was gifted 2 Starking Giant pecan trees in 2006 by my father. I???m interested in knowing the exact name of them ? My memory thinks it was a relates variety he had been waiting for availability on.
Thomasina W on Apr 21, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I believe it's called Starking Southern Giant. I bought one in 2018 and it is doing well so far.
Walt in Virginia
How do pecan trees dowith black walnut trees around? Also, I have a hicory nut tree just on the other side of my lot line from where I plan on planting a pecan tree, will they cross pollinate each other?
Gary G on Jan 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I have several pecan trees near black walnuts and hickories. No, there will be no impact from nearby walnuts or hickories. The important thing is to get a variety of the correct types (Type 1 or Type 2) of Pecan trees to ensure proper pollination. I staggered alternating Type 1 then Type 2 then Type 1, etc. to ensure any type was near the pollinating type.
I live in utah, zone 6b. I want a self pollinating pecan due to space. The Southern giant sounds like what I'm looking for but I'm concerned that although it falls in my zone that the cold winds I get here in winter might be too much. Anyone plant one in similar circumstances?
Karrie B on Jan 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Karrie, I live in Virginia zone 6b and my Southern Giant Pecan is doing fantastic. In fact I planted eight different Stark Bros. pecans and they are all thriving. I lived in So. Jordan for four years and the weather here is very similar except humidity so I would expect the pecan to do very well as far as the temperature goes. I've had mine for two and half years and it's healthy and strong.

Customer Reviews

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Tree 15 or So Years Old Now
We bought one of these trees around 15 years ago. The nuts on this tree really are HUGE!! After cracking these you never want a regular size pecan again. We have planted more. Nuts have great flavor. Would definitely recommend!
July 29, 2017
Starking Southern GiantPecan
This tree is one of the best on the market today..This pecan tree grows fast and bears a lot of meaty pecans. You will not go wrong with The Southern Giant Pecan!
May 19, 2017
over 5 years ago
Its going to be a heavy bearer of pecans
This tree has been in the ground for only one season i am really impress with the growth that it has put on. What's really impressive is that I used the zinc sulfate on it and the tree is so virbrant and healthy looking i can not wait for it to start bearing pecans; I would recommend that you get one however follow all instructions and care provided to make this a welcome addition to any orchard!
May 7, 2016
over 6 years ago
Starking Southern Giant Pecan
The pecan is doing great. It had catkins on it this spring which I found strange.
May 18, 2016
over 6 years ago
Pecan tree
I bought two of these nut trees 2years ago and one is still living and looking pretty good the other is dead
May 2, 2019
over 5 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for your feedback. I'm very sorry to hear about your nursery stock. If your purchase was within the last year, please contact Customer Support at 800-325-4180 for replacement information.
May 2, 2019
Tabitha R
Southern Giant Pecan
This tree has really taken off in its second year doubling the previous years height by the end of May. I have pinched off the lateral branches at about 10-12" which leaves plenty of leaves to sustain the tree. I plan to begin removing the lower lateral branches in a year or two.
May 30, 2017
over 4 years ago
The Giant Pecan died.
The graft on the giant pecan died. The rootstock survived, but not the graft.
May 16, 2016
over 6 years ago
Still Growing
Our little pecan tree is still growing after it's 1st year. Can't wait until it starts producing, but so far, so good!!
May 4, 2017
over 5 years ago
Nice healthy tree!
I bought this particular tree because of the description given. It was just what I was looking for. I have not had it long enough for it to start producing yet, but I am pleased with the way it is growing. I’m looking forward to enjoying the pecans.
May 4, 2018
over 4 years ago