Pecan, FC

SanFoot Pecan FC

Specie Details

Common Names

Pecan

Scientific Name

Carya illinoinensis

Grain/Texture

Grain is usually straight, though occasionally wavy. Texture is medium, with a low natural luster.

Color/Appearance

Heartwood tends to be light to medium brown, with a reddish hue; sapwood is a paler yellowish brown.

Notes of Interest

Pecan has slightly lower strength values than some of the other species of Hickory, but it is still among the hardest and strongest of woods native to the United States. The wood is commonly used where strength or shock-resistance is important. As the common name implies, Carya illinoinensis is the tree responsible for producing Pecan nuts commonly used in snacks and cooking recipes, and is the state tree of Texas.

Specie Data

  • Distribution:South-central United States and Mexico
  • Tree Size:100-130 ft (30-40 m) tall, 2-4 ft (.6-1.2 m) trunk diameter
  • Janka Hardness:1,820 lbf (8,100 N)
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