A cousin of the hickory, the pecan tree was so central to native Americans in the lower Mississippi River valley that it was associated with the Great Spirit. Today the tree is cultivated in southern orchards for nuts and is prized as a fine cabinet wood. It has a typically straight grain, a medium texture, low natural sheen, a medium reddish-brown heartwood and paler yellow sapwood, and maybe figured. Pecan stains well and is sometimes stained to match or replicate other woods.

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