• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate-growing large shrub or small tree to 12 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:pis-TAY-shi-a len-TIS-cus
    Plant type:Tree
    Sunset climate zones:8, 9, 12 - 24
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate-growing large shrub or small tree to 12 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide.
    Special features:Easy Care, Showy Fruit, Waterwise
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Green
    Garden styleMediterranean
    Design 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').
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    This is the species known in the Holy Land and referenced as the terebinth of Biblical scripture.