UGA Pecan Extension

What Pollinator Should You Plant?

A couple of years ago I posted a short discussion of why pecans need a pollinator, which I suggest reading if you doubt the need of pollinators. I get many questions about the best pollinator to choose for our commonly planted varieties. I usually point people to the pollination chart created by our pecan breeder, Dr. Patrick Conner.

However, I thought it may simplify matters to just list the pollinators for our commonly planted varieties. The main variety is in bold font. All the varieties listed beneath it in regular font should pollinate it with the best pollinators for each variety listed in italics.

  • Pawnee

Lakota, Sumner, Zinner, Desirable, Elliott, Ellis

  • Creek

Cape Fear, Caddo, Desirable, Oconee, Pawnee

  • Cape Fear

–Caddo, Cherryle, Creek, Desirable, Elliott, Kanza, Kiowa, Lakota, Oconee, Pawnee, Sumner, Zinner, Avalon, Ellis

  • Caddo

–Cape Fear, Creek, Cherryle, Desirable, Elliott, Kanza, Kiowa, Lakota, Oconee, Pawnee, Zinner, Avalon, Ellis

  • Desirable

– Cherryle, Elliott, Excel, Kanza, Kiowa, Lakota, McMillan, Sumner, Zinner, Avalon, Ellis

  • Oconee

–Caddo, Cape Fear, Creek, Cherryle, Desirable, Elliott, Pawnee, Avalon

  • Sumner

Cape Fear, Cherryle, Creek, Desirable, Oconee, Pawnee

  • Zinner

–Caddo, Cape Fear, Cherryle, Creek, Desirable, Oconee, Pawnee

  • Ellis

–Caddo, Cape Fear, Cherryle, Creek, Desirable, Oconee, Pawnee

  • Lakota

Caddo, Cape Fear, Creek, Desirable, Oconee, Pawnee

  • Avalon

Caddo, Cape Fear, Cherryle, Creek, Desirable, Oconee, Pawnee

  • McMillan

Amling, Caddo, Cape Fear, Creek, Cherryle, Desirable, Oconee, Pawnee

  • Excel

–Amling, Caddo, Cape Fear, Cherryle, Desirable, Elliot, Kanza, Kiowa, Lakota, McMillan,  Oconee, Pawnee, Stuart, Sumner, Zinner

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About Lenny Wells

I am an Associate Professor and Extension Horticulture Specialist for pecans at the University of Georgia. My research and extension programs focus on practical cultural management strategies that help to enhance the economic and environmental sustainability of pecan production in Georgia.