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Pecan
(Carya spp., primarily C. illinoensis)
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COMMON NAMES:   Pecan, pecan hickory, water hickory

SPECIFIC GRAVITY:   .75

DENSITY:  46 lbs./cu.ft.

TANGENTIAL MOVEMENT:   8.9%

RADIAL MOVEMENT:   4.9%

VOLUMETRIC SHRINKAGE:   13.6%

DURABILITY1:   Poor

SOURCE:  Eastern and southern U.S. and Mexico

DESCRIPTION:   Very hard, stiff and resilient. The hickories provide the toughest, strongest wood in common use. Pecan is slightly deeper in color, and not quite as dense as other hickories, but it is very difficult to positively differentiate the various species in this genus.


1 Durability refers to a wood's resistance to rotting in wet environments.

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