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McAllister Hican is a Pecan-Shellbark Hickory cross Carya illinoensis X laciniosa. This particular cross produces very large nuts that show characteristics of its Shellbark parentage. The nuts are oblong like a very large pecan but ridged like a hickory nut. Nuts can be up to 3″ long. The shell has the distinctive mottled stripes that are commonly seen on pecans.
The tree grows rapidly and the lush foliage is quite beautiful.
Hicans are richly flavored nuts that combine the flavor of both pecans and hickory nuts.
Hicans can be shy bearers setting fewer nuts than standard pecans. McAllister needs an abundance of water to fill out the extra large nuts.
It was first introduced in 1890 as Floyd and was known by a variety of names through the years but renamed McAllister sometime before 1935. It was discovered by O. L. McAllister in Mt. Vernon IN