Pecan (Carya illinoensis) is valued as edible nuts as well as for wood. It likes moist and well drained soil. It can reach more that 80 ft  at maturity. It flowers April–May, male catkins and female clusters separate on the same tree. It fruits September–October, in clusters of 3–10. It is aromatic and reddish brown in color. The name "pecan" has an interesting history. It started as an Illinois (Native American) word, "pakani," which early French-Americans learned and turned into "pacane"; this became our American English "pecan."



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