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Species: Carya ovata x C. illinoinensis
History: Hican trees are a rare cross between a Shagbark hickory and pecan and their characteristics can vary quite widely. The best of these produce nuts with a taste similar to that of the best hickory nuts while being generally easier to shell. These particular seedlings are from the cultivar Burton, one of the most well-regarded of the hican varieties.
Why We Grow It: We grow this species from nuts of the cultivar Burton, grown for its reliable cropping. Depending on what pollinated each seedling, it's future nuts will most resemble a hickory nut or a pecan, but generally nuts will be larger than a pecan.
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5b
Soil Preference: Rich loam
Growth Habits: Tree reaches 35m in height
Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)
Pollination: Requires at least one other Hican tree for pollination in order to produce nuts
Recommended Use: Nuts used for fresh eating, cooking or baking
Height not including roots: 12-15cm