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'San Saba' (Nut photo) Native selection from the San Saba River, San Saba County, TX, made by E. E. Risien in 1882. Tree discovered when nuts were entered in a contest sponsored by Risien in an effort to find valuable trees. Risien purchased the land to obtain the tree and found the top had been cut out to harvest the crop. Introduced by Risien in 1893. Nuts from this tree were planted in 1895 by Risien to form his orchard, from which were selected 'San Saba Improved', 'Sovereign', 'Onliwon', 'Jersey' and 'Texas 60'. 'Western Schley' was once thought to be a progeny of 'San Saba', but could not be based on genotypes for malate dehydrogenase and leucine aminopeptidase. Nut: oval to orbicular, with obtuse apex and obtuse to rounded base; round in cross section; 103 nuts/lb, 64% kernel; kernels golden to light brown in color, with wide dorsal grooves and prominent secondary dorsal grooves. Protandrous. Susceptible to scab.

LJ Grauke , Research Horticulturist & Curator
USDA-ARS Pecan Genetics
Route 2 Box 133
Somerville, TX 77879

tele: 409-272-1402
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