Chinese Pistache


Buds of a Chinese pistache


Introduction

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.

Common Name
Chinese pistache

Latin Name
Pistacia chinensis

Leaf
Leaves are deciduous, alternate, pinnate, 20-25 cm long, with 10 or 12 leaflets, the terminal leaflet usually absent

Flower
The red flowers are produced in panicles at the ends of the branches; separate male and female plants

Fruit/nut
The fruit is a small red drupe, turning blue when ripe, containing a single seed

Twig/branches
Thick and hardened with orange lenticels

Bark
Shallow ridge and furrows when older

Form
Fluted branches flow upwards to an open, irregular crown

Size
Usually grows to around 60 feet in height

Native Range
Native to central and western China

Type
Medium-sized deciduous

Seasonal Colors
Deep green color during the growing season and a spectacular fall color in shades of orange, red, and crimson

Soil
Tolerates a wide range of soils, including alkaline

Light
Intolerant of shade, requires full sun

Pests and Diseases
Generally pest and disease resistant

Rebate Eligibility
$50

Of Note
Extremely winter hardy and has a superior level of drought, heat and wind tolerance

Photo Credits

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