Ellis Pecan (Carya illinoinensis ‘Ellis’)

Ellis Pecan

The Ellis Pecan Tree (Carya illinoinensis ‘Ellis’) is a big, sturdy, impressive specimen that not only makes an impact from its sheer heft and profile but gives you bushels of delectable nuts every growing season!

Ellis grows from 75 – 100 feet tall. This doesn’t happen overnight, so you can grow it in your suburban backyard knowing it will be a generation before it towers over your house. We love Ellis because it doesn’t have to be fully grown to produce its bevy of nuts! Producing very young, especially for a Pecan Tree, and it produces a lot! We’re talking 43 nuts per pound on average. Think about that when you’re weighing your next pecan purchase at the neighborhood market.

Named for Marvin Ellis who bought a pecan grove in Georgia in 1944. In 1978 his son, Elliot Ellis, helped him open a retail market and gift store on the property and talked him into going into the mail order business. In 2018 Elliot and his sons patented their family Pecan Tree and have made it available to home gardeners everywhere. And we are so glad they did!

Planting and Application:

Wildlife enjoys these nuts as much as you will, so get ready to fight off a few squirrels. Birds love basking in the shade and nesting in the strong branches. Use these mighty trees as shade and cooling bill reducing plantings and enjoy a seating area or patio cooled by its fine foliage.

Pecans are delectable and healthy sources of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. You’ll have bushels of them to use in all your favorite baking and candy-making recipes, pies, salads and snacking needs!

  • Excellent Quality & Flavor Nuts
  • High Yields
  • Produces Early In Age
  • Tall Shade, Wildlife & Specimen Tree
  • Home or Commercial Growers

Tips for Care:

Pecan trees enjoy full sun and well-drained soil. Only needed enough regular water to get established, once settled they rarely need supplemental waterings. Mulch their roots very well to keep them cool and prune only when dormant and if needed.

  • Full Sun
  • Moderate Water At First
  • Prune in Winter
  • Careful Placement – Long-Lived Large Root Systems
  • Scab Resistant Trees

As pecan growers for the past 75 years, the Ellis family knows a thing or two about good pecans. They wouldn’t put their family name on an inferior tree.

Ellis Pecan (Carya illinoinensis ‘Ellis’) Details

Common name Ellis Pecan
Botanical name Carya illinoinensis 'Ellis'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 7-9
Growth rate Slow
Height 60 - 70 ft.
Width 30 - 40 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Water as Needed to Establish
Soil condition Well-Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time When Dormant
Flower color Greenish, inconspicuous