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Flowering Habits of Pecan Trees
Reviewed by Esteban Herrera, Extension Horticulturist
College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences New Mexico State University. (Print Friendly PDF)
Farmer Bill Says: Pecan Trees Do Have Flowers
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Farmer Bill Says: Yes, Virginia, Pecan Trees Do Have Flowers
The other day, a customer of ours, a woman named Virginia, asked whether or not pecan trees produce flowers.
That's an excellent question. Due to their lack of petals, greenish color and small size, the flowers are barely distinguishable from the rest of the tree, so few people notice them.
Though they aren't much to look at, pecan flowers are essential to the production of pecans. Let's put it this way: no flowers, no fruit.
Pecan trees bloom in the spring, usually in April and May depending on the variety. The trees produce both male and female flowers, which grow on the same tree.
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The male flowers, called catkins, look like droopy green spikes and produce pollen. Female flowers, known as pistillates, are smaller in size and consist of star-shaped spikes. The female receives the pollen, and once fertilized, produce the pecan fruit.
Wild food experiments and personal foraging accounts from the Pacific Northwest centering on Northwest Washington and Southern Vancouver Island
Posted by Uzay Sezen on December 6, 2013 at 12:54 am
Herbivory on Pecan Catkins by an Eastern Gray Squirrel
The eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is a successful mammalian species native to eastern north America but has been introduced to England and certain parts of the Europe. Early spring is the hardest time for these squirrels. It is especially burdensome for females who give birth to a litter between February and March. The young are weaned for about seven weeks. The videos were recorded on 8 April 2012 in Athens, GA which probably corresponded towards the most demanding last few weeks of weaning when babies get larger and extract more resources from their mother. Because most of the buried nut stash is depleted over the winter and with extra mouths to feed females turn to other food sources. Alternative foods may not be nutritionally rich.
On the flip side of this......... (follow the link for the whole article)
Planting the seed
Everybody has weeds somewhere nearby, right? Well I do! I like to make bouquets (boo KAYS) out of whatever looks pretty.
What's so interesting about having a variety of weeds, is having something different in bloom all the time. Early in the spring, there are bluebonnets everywhere around here (central Texas, yall) but the fun doesn't stop there! Even in the middle of July, when frail humans are escaping the heat and driving with their fingertips, the Mexican blankets and Mexican hats are enjoying the weather.
Mexican hat is a cone flower. Mexican blanket is different, it has a flatter shape to it. But both flowers have beautiful coloring of yellow and orange.
If you know where to look, you will find a copious amount of seeds.