McAlester Hican

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McAlester Hican (Carya illinoinensis x laciniosa) is a unique hybrid, blending the best of hickory and pecan. This tree boasts large, flavorful nuts, making it a favorite among nut enthusiasts. Its robust growth and resistance to pests make it a top choice for orchards.

2-3′ Bareroot Grafted

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Environmental Requirements

Cold Tolerance: USDA Zone 5-9
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Soil Type: Well-drained
Water Requirements: Moderate, consistent moisture
Sunlight Requirements: Full sun
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Heat Tolerance: Moderate
Chilling Hours: None

Size and Spacing

Plant Size: 60-80′ tall, 40-60′ wide
Plant Spacing: 40-60′ apart
Growth Habit: Upright, spreading
Rootstock: Moore, Stuart, or Choctaw Seedling

Pollination and Flowering

Pollination Requirements: Monoecious, requires cross-pollination
Pollination Mechanisms: Wind
Bloom Time: April-May
Flower Color: Yellow-green

Fruit Characteristics

Nut Size: 1-1.5″
Nut Flavor: Sweet, rich
Nut/Husk Color and Appearance Brown, round, thin husk
Harvest Time: September-October
Yield & Storage: Moderate, store in a cool, dry place
Years to Bear: 12-15

Disease and Pest Susceptibility

Hickory Anthracnose (Gnomonia caryae): Moderately Resistant
Hickory Decline (Ceratocystis smalleyi): Moderately Resistant
Armillaria Root Rot (Armillaria mellea): Moderately Resistant
Powdery Mildew (Microsphaera alni): Moderately Resistant
Hickory Bark Beetle (Scolytus quadrispinosus): Moderately Resistant
Hickory Tussock Moth (Lophocampa caryae): Moderately Resistant

Additional Plant Characteristics

Growth Habit: Upright, spreading
Foliage Color: Dark green
Fall Color: Yellow-orange
Lifespan: 150+ years

Additional Information

Toxicity: Non-toxic
Invasive Potential: Low
Native Range: Hybrid of pecan and shellbark hickory
Nitrogen Fixing: No