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Nut Trees for the Southern Plains

These selections make excellent ornamentals in addition to producing edible fruit

Pecan trees make excellent yard trees in addition to producing tasty pecans. Photo: Lynn Greyling

Compared to those living in more northern regions, we here in the Southern Plains are relatively limited in our selection of nut trees. Luckily for us, our best nut-bearing tree is the pecan (Carya illinoinensis, Zones 6–9), which I would put up against any other tree in a contest of tree appearance and nut flavor. It’s a stalwart beauty, and there is a pecan variety for nearly every area throughout our region. We can also successfully grow black walnut (Juglans nigra, Zones 4–9) here, which is a delicious native species well adapted to our soils and climates. You can expect pecan trees and black walnut trees grown from seed to begin producing nuts at about eight years. This, of course, depends on a number of variables, including site conditions, weather, variety, and individual genetics.

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