|The original Giles tree, February 2014|
The Giles pecan was first described by J.Ford Wilkinson back in 1932. Mr. Wilkinson was a nurseryman from Rockport, IN that traveled widely across the northern pecan belt in search of outstanding nut trees. Back in the late 1920's and early 1930's, Mr. Wilkinson made several trips to SE Kansas to graft trees for area growers. In fact, the oldest grafted pecan grove in Kansas (currently owned by Raymond Conard of rural Chetopa) was propagated by Wilkinson.
|Giles nuts still litter the ground|
Giles is now fading as a cultivar to graft in new orchards. As a young tree, Giles preforms beautifully. Yields are heavy and nut quality good. However, as the tree matures, problems with pecan scab, over-production, and poor kernel quality make Giles a difficult cultivar for growers to manage profitably. Giles' most lasting legacy may be that the seeds of this cultivar are still widely used for growing rootstock trees.