Chinese Pistache

Pistacia chinensis

Desirable ornamental tree with attractive umbrella-like crown that turns a brilliant crimson in fall. Dependable tree for street or lawn, patio or garden corner planting. Pest resistant. Deciduous.
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6 - 9

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Once established, needs only occasional watering.

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Botanical Pronunciationpis-TAY-shi-a chi-NEN-sis
LoreThis species is often used as a rootstock onto which P. vera is grafted. They are dioecious with males preferred as female plants produce litter of hard seeds.
Average Size at MaturityModerate grower to 30 to 35 ft. tall, 25 to 35 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous
Design IdeasNo other tree produces such a vibrant, broad range of fall color in warmer winter climates. It may be used dozens of ways as a shade tree, street tree, accent or front-yard specimen. Ideal for flanking driveways or use a pair to meet overhead at street side. Give this colorful drought-resistant tree a solid evergreen background to provide high-intensity contrast for seasonal changes.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower ColorGreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleMediterranean
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseFirescaping/Fire Wise, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Fall Color, Showy Fruit, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6 - 9

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