#003 Pecan
(Carya illinoinensis)

This pecan tree was planted shortly after the construction of the house on site in 1900 and was used in the victory gardens for World War I and II. Victory gardens were planted throughout allied nations to assist with food shortages on the front and to raise morale for those at home. Americans would grow their own vegetables at home to reduce stress on the public food supply. Organized by Charles Lathrop Pack and the National War Garden Association, there were millions of gardens planted throughout the United States. When food shortages stopped with the end of WWI, these victory gardens remained and many people maintained them. This pecan tree is over 100 years old and has sister trees all along South Street. The tree still produces large crops of pecans as well. It is maintained and loved by Jeanie White (photographed with her late husband Bob White).

Statistics (2020)

  • Circumference (In.): 171″
  • Height (Ft.): 58′
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 87′
  • Diameter Breast Height (In.): 54.4″
  • Total Points: 251

More Information

  • Year Recognized: 2020
  • Current condition: Good
  • Property Type: Private
  • Ecological Value: The pecans themselves are eaten by a large range of mammals and songbirds. Pecan trees are also the hosts to Luna Moth larvae. A large pecan like this one in the southeast will intercept 460 gallons of runoff annually.