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I've recently purchased a pecan (CHEROKEE) and upon doing a bit of research discovered they can grow up to 20m tall. Is it possible to keep them at a more manageable height of 6-12m like http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/buy/pecan-cherokee-tree.htm states?

Does anyone have any tips for limiting their size while still getting fruit.
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Manfred says...
What were the roots like when you bought it? I've had very little success with purchased plants because they are the deepest rooted plant I know of. The roots will be circling the pot or bag before the shoot emerges.

If your roots are like that, or if you don't have at least 2 metres of A and B horizon soil before it gets to the C horizon you won't have to worry about it getting over 12 metres in your or your children's lifetimes.

Like any deciduous exotic, they take severe pruning with aplomb and in the industry they are kept to about five metres.
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Markmelb says...
I would grow a pecan too if they had Dwarf Rootstocks - I have seen and tasted a pecan near me in melbourne and does need space (Very tall about 10mt) - the problem is you could probably top it to 5mt every year as they only fruit on new growth - but having 2 different maybe in same hole (was what i was going to do here)to save some space.
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Julie says...
pecanbery , I know a guy who grows pecans commercially. He cut them back to try and make picking easier, but within two years they grew back to the same height.
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Markmelb says...
I think you would have to prune back as hard as i do with my crepe myrtle every year -

- did you know the Crepe Myrtle is related to Acerola Cherry - but no fruit on them unfortunately
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Manfred says...
Acerola/Crepe Myrtle not real closely related though, like not in the same family. (Not in the same family as pecans either.)
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Markmelb says...
Heres why i referred to similarities - there is a relationship but very distant - what drove me to investigate such were the crepe type flowers on the Acerola as my Crepe Myrtle was also flowering - have you seen the CMs flowers Manfred or never closely compared?

Interesting read on this link -----


http://www.botany.wisc.edu/courses/botany_422/GreenhTour209.html

5. Malpighia glabra — Barbados cherry (Malpighiaceae)

This species, also known as acerola or wild crape-myrtle, is a tropical fruit-bearing shrub or small tree in the family Malpighiaceae. It ranges from southern Texas south through Mexico and the Caribbean to Peru and Bahia in Brazil. It is widely cultivated for its fruits high in vitamin C and other nutrients. Although the family is primarily pantropical, historical biogeographical analysis indicates that primitive members first evolved in temperate North Hemisphere and subsequently radiated separately into the tropical regions of the world – consistent with the “Boreotropics Hypothesis”.

My Crepe Myrtle(14yo)puts on a lovely show of pink every year and i wont remove because of this, but wished it produced lovely fruits like the Acerola.
But it does love a huge prune back every year - must do soon.


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Manfred says...
I've never had success with a crepe myrtle and I lost my acerola to Yasi and haven't replaced it yet (though I should, because they are worthwhile).

I'm told the crepe myrtle likes a lot of heat and won't flower until it gets it. (That's the lagerstroemia, not the malpighea). I don't think they grow from cuttings, and I gave up buying the plants after a few tries. I do admire them whenever I see them, even if they aren't in flower.
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Perfect Plants says...
Pruning them back every year might work. In the future you could try planting it in a large pot to contain the roots. They grow very tall and it's hard to stop their growth except with vigorous pruning... don't know how this will affect fruiting though.
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