Happy Monday, and welcome to the very first edition of Prettiest Plants on the Nursery! In this series of posts, we'll be highlighting the best-looking plants on our nursery each week. We'll provide you with information about each plant, and a nice picture of it, too. This week, we'll be taking a look at the Elliot Pecan, and the Leyland Cypress.
The Elliot Pecan is a prolific pecan tree, yielding an abundance (around 82 per pound) of excellent quality, flavorful pecans. The nuts produced are thin shelled with a plump kernel. The Elliot is also scab resistant. It is a Type-2, or protogynous, pollinator, meaning that its stigma is receptive prior to pollen shedding. Because of this, the Elliot should be pollinated with Type-One pecan trees. This pecan is hardy in Zones 6-9 and can be planted in full sun or partial shade. The elliot will grow to a mature height of 75 to 100 feet, with a width of 60-75 feet. It grow best when planted in deep, moist, and well-drained soil.
Elliot Pecans in a 4x4x10 pot ($24.95) are exceptionally beautiful right now. They've begun to "leaf out" from their dormancy, and are approximately 2.5 - 3 feet tall. The Elliot in a 4x4x10 pot will begin producing pecans within 3-5 years from their time of planting. Make sure your Elliot has a pollinator by purchasing one of our Type 1 pecan trees. To view the product page for this item, click here.
The Leyland Cypress is a fast-growing evergreen tree with a pyramidal shape. The tree's dense growth and tall height make it a great choice for creating a border shade that will block unwanted sights and reduce neighborhood noise. Besides its utility, this evergreen is nice to look at with feathery soft, textured leaves. The tree grows 3 to 4 feet per year and reaches a height of about 60-70 feet and a spread of 15-25 feet. The Leyland is drought tolerant and hardy in Zones 6-10. The Leyland should be planted in full sun but can tolerate most types of soil, as long as they are well-drained. Once planted, prune for the first few years in order to encourage dense growth.
The Leyland Cypress in a #1 pot ($21.95) is very tall and is exhibiting signs of heavy growth this Spring. The trees are currently at least 3 feet tall, and have gorgeous branching that will provide great privacy as it ages. To view the product page for this item, click here.
Be sure to check back next week for a new edition of Prettiest Plants on the Nursery.