Hicans

Burton Hican against a Shagbark Hickory and Pecan

Hicans are hybrids between the Pecan (Carya illinoensis) and other Hickories, usually the hhagbark hickory (Carya ovata) or the shellbark hickory (Carya laciniosa).  The selected cultivars aim to have the hardiness of the hickory and the taste and productivity of the Pecan.  They are late into leaf in the uk (May usually) and need a sunny sheltered site with plenty of room, they can grown to 15m+ high and wide.

We have 3 varieties available in very limited numbers this year.  De Smallekamp have other varieties which we will be able to get in future years we hope, it is recommended that you order a couple of trees to aid pollination, it may be that other hickories will also pollinate these trees.

VarietyDescription
BurtonSelf-fertile and pretty prolific producer of medium size hickory flavoured buttery pecan nuts , produces after 7-10 years. Nuts drop free of husks.
MarquardtOld Shellbark Hican from Illinois that is rarely available even in N.America, partly self-fertile with larger nuts but fully filled.
NT 92 (T-92)Produces large nuts with a good quality kernel. Probably the best and most prolific hybrid, needs pollinating.