Did you know that the Pecan tree is the official state tree of Texas? The Texas Legislature made the pecan trees in Texas the state tree in 1919. In 1906, the governor of Texas, James Hogg, requested that a pecan tree be planted in lieu of a gravestone when he died. He also wished for the seeds to be distributed throughout the state so that Texas could be a land of trees.
Pecan Trees in Texas
The Pecan trees in Texas are a species of hickory and most commonly appear in the south central portion of the United States. Pecan trees in Texas are deciduous, which means they lose their leaves seasonally. These trees can grow to be quite large. They can reach heights up to 150 feet with a trunk diameter of up to 6.6 feet!
Interestingly enough, pecans aren’t a nut. They are actually a drupe. A drupe is a fruit surrounded by a husk that only contains one pit. They are an excellent source of unsaturated fat and manganese and can be eaten fresh or cooked. According to some research, pecans can help lower cholesterol and fight aging.
Wood from the Pecan tree is one of the strongest, hardest woods native to the United States. It is commonly used for tool handles, ladder rungs, wheel spokes, and hardwood flooring because of its strength and shock resistance.