A long-lived and hardy tree, the Chinese pistache is cultivated for its impressive fall display of color and its resistance to both frost and drought, and has virtually no pest or disease problems. After some difficult adolescent pruning stages, the Chinese pistache can grow with little care to a large and graceful shade tree.
This tree is eligible for a $50 Tree Rebate.
Leaves are deciduous, alternate, pinnate, 20-25 cm long, with 10 or 12 leaflets, the terminal leaflet usually absent
The red flowers are produced in panicles at the ends of the branches; separate male and female plants
The fruit is a small red drupe, turning blue when ripe, containing a single seed
Thick and hardened with orange lenticels
Shallow ridge and furrows when older
Fluted branches flow upwards to an open, irregular crown
Usually grows to around 60 feet in height
Native to central and western China
Deep green color during the growing season and a spectacular fall color in shades of orange, red, and crimson
Tolerates a wide range of soils, including alkaline
Intolerant of shade, requires full sun
Pests and Diseases
Generally pest and disease resistant
Extremely winter hardy and has a superior level of drought, heat and wind tolerance