Pistacia lentiscusItem #6572 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
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Perfect large shrub or small tree for screening in hot, dry situations and for poor soils. Small ornamental red fruits that ripen to black. The source of mastic, an aromatic resin. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:pis-TAY-shi-a len-TIS-cusPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:8, 9, 12 - 24Growth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate-growing large shrub or small tree to 12 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:InconspicuousFlower color:GreenGarden styleMediterraneanDesign IdeasA very heat-tolerant evergreen tree for the deserts of the Southwest. Use as a foundation plant along dull fence lines. A reliable privacy screen for side yards or, if tightly spaced, they will reduce wind and blowing sand. Excellent background foliage in drought-ravaged communities.Companion PlantsMastic Tree is useful but needs some color plants nearby to look its best. Use it in landscapes highlighted with Scarlet Bottlebrush, (Callistemon citrinus), Dwarf New Zealand Tea Tree, (Leptospermum scoparium 'Nanum Ruru') or Turner's Carnival Oleander, (Nerium oleander 'Turner's Carnival'). Works very well with spreading canopy of Mimosa Tree, (Albizia julibrissin 'Rosea') or Burgundy Desert Willow, (Chilopsis linearis 'Burgundy').
- CareCare InformationFollow 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.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:This tree was once a very important species of the ancient classical cultures of the Mediterranean. Its common name describes the high grade resin that is exuded from the trees and harvested. It is principally cultivated on the Greek Island of Chios where it is called the Chios mountain shrub. This tree belongs to the genus Pistacia, classified by Linnaeus to contain about 10 species of trees native to the southwestern United States, Mexico, the Canary Islands and from the Caucausus eastward to Asia.Lore:This is the species known in the Holy Land and referenced as the terebinth of Biblical scripture.