Pecan

General Info and Benefits

Pecan and Hickory – Carya

General Description
• The hickories are an important group within the Eastern hardwood forests
• Botanically, split into two groups; the true hickories, and the pecan hickories (fruit bearing)
• The wood is virtually the same for both and is usually sold together
• Pecan is the hardest, heaviest and strongest American wood and is course-textured
• The sapwood of Pecan is white, tinged with inconspicuous fine brown lines
• The heartwood is pale to reddish brown
• The grain is fine, usually straight but can be wavy or irregular

Physical Properties
• Well known for its strength and shock resistance
• Janka Rating System = 1820 (higher Janka rating = harder wood)

Where It Grows
• Eastern U.S. but principal commercial areas are Central and Southern states
• Tree height ranges from 60 to 120 feet
• Hickories grow slowly and it is not unusual for a tree to take 200 years to mature

Relative Abundance
• 2.2 percent of total U.S. hardwoods commercially available
• Readily available

Did You Know?
• Early pioneers made their wagon wheels of hickory
• Early aviators, including the Wright Brothers, used hickory for their flying machines
• Commercially, the pecan is the most important native North American nut tree.
• Baseball bats were once made of this
  • Pecan Select
    Pecan Select
    Pecan Select features a mixture of medium to dark brown heartwood and light to white colored sapwood. A stark "Calico" color variation to a more blended color look can occur. Pecan Select has a reduced allowance for small closed knots, and pin knots. Mineral streaking may be allowed in certain areas, and certain parts of the door may contain all heartwood or all sapwood.
  • Pecan Finish Grade
    Pecan Finish Grade
    Pecan Finish Grade is designed to be used when having your products finished by Decore-ative Specialties. With Finish Grade materials you will receive the material option that best suits the look you have selected, whether you choose a natural, stain, shader, or paint finish. As a result, the amount of natural color or grain may vary depending on the selected finish.
  • Pecan Natural
    Pecan Natural
    A member of the Hickory family, Pecan Natural may include stark variations in color between medium to dark heartwood and light to white colored sapwood. Mineral streaking, small closed knots, and pin knots are acceptable. Certain parts of the door may contain all heartwood or all sapwood as well.
  • Pecan
    Pecan
    When used for drawer boxes, Pecan features stark variations in color between medium to dark heartwood and light to white colored sapwood. Aside from its "Calico" color variations, mineral streaking, small closed knots, and pin knots are also acceptable. Certain parts of the box may contain all heartwood or all sapwood as well.
  • Pecan Rustic Knotty
    Pecan Rustic Knotty
    Pecan Rustic Knotty allows for mineral streaking, larger-sized open knots, knots containing star cracks, and clusters of pin knots are acceptable and can have stark variations in color between medium to dark heartwood and light to white colored sapwood. Certain parts of the door may contain all heartwood or all sapwood as well.
  • Pecan Rustic Knotty Finish Grade
    Pecan Rustic Knotty Finish Grade
    Pecan Rustic Knotty Finish Grade is designed to be used when having your products finished by Decore-ative Specialties. With Finish Grade materials you will receive the material option that best suits the look you have selected, whether you choose a natural, stain, shader, or paint finish. As a result, the amount of natural color or grain may vary depending on the selected finish.
  • Plain Sliced Select Pecan
    Plain Sliced Select Pecan
    Used for veneer doors, Plain Sliced Pecan Select is similar in character to Pecan Select and will have a reduced allowance for natural defects like knots. Pecan is typically characterized by its "calico" type color, created with a mixture of heartwood and sapwood in stark contrast. This material may have sections of all heartwood or all sapwood as well.