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Carya illinoinensis
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A handsome large fruiting tree native to the US, Carya illinoinensis has bright green summer leaves which turn attractive shades of yellow before falling in autumn. Established specimens can produce large quantities of edible nuts, however they usually require lots of summer heat to fruit well and if fruit are desired are more suited for planting in Southern parts of the UK.

IMPORTANT (PLEASE READ) - As a general rule, Carya grow poorly in containers and should be planted out when young before they develop a large tap root. Therefore the few plants we have available are very small at a seedling size and absolutely not for instant gratification! 

Only recommended for patient gardeners happy to plant out a young specimen and watch it develop over the years. Although small and slow growing initially, Carya illinoinensis eventually grows to be a large tree best suited for large gardens or parkland.

Please do not buy this plant if you require an instant tree!!

Supplied Size: 3L pots (young, seedling plants only)

  • Position: Hot in full sun. Carya illinoinensis requires a hot position to produce nuts.
  • Soil: Fertile, well drained soil. Dislikes water logging.
  • Hardiness: Hardy. Carya illinoinensis will establish itself better in a warm garden.
  • Flowering Period: June.
  • Rate of Growth: Slow initially then moderate.
  • Habit: Carya illinoinensis grows to be a medium sized or eventually large, stately tree.
    • Height: 20 m (65 ft)
    • Spread: 10 - 15 m (32 - 50)


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