Published Photo

Joshua Sherman
Horticulture Extension Agent
The University of Arizona
Cochise, Graham, Santa Cruz, Pima counties

Most people have never seen the pecan flowers on a pecan tree! One reason maybe it is due to the short length of time they are visible in a growing season. Another reason may be due to the fact that the flowers can be quite inconspicuous. Pecan flowers are pretty small (especially the pistillate female flower) in the early part of the season as leaves are unfurling, and offering protection for proper pollination to ensue. Most people also do not know that the pecan trees bear both the female and male flowers within its canopy, thus no need to plant a male and female tree for proper pollination. Lastly, the female flower starts its cycle light green, just as the color of the foliage, then once pollinated the flower turns a darker pigment. In some cultivars, this pigment can be stunning!