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Pistacia chinensis is often confused with:
Carya illinoensis Carya illinoinensis
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Ulmus parvifolia Ulmus parvifolia
Ginkgo biloba Ginkgo biloba
Taxodium distichum Taxodium distichum

Chinese Pistachio Pistacia chinensis

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Description

Tough as nails, drought tolerant, easy to transplant, and pest free are all terms used to describe the Chinese pistache. This beautiful, medium-sized tree is perfect for both the home landscape and the urban environment.

An unattractive, almost gawky tree when young, Chinese pistache develops into an outstanding specimen tree with an umbrella-like crown. At maturity, this tree will achieve a height of 40 feet and a spread of 25 to 35 feet. There are male and female trees.  Its main branches may be upright to arching. Proper pruning when the tree is young is essential to create a symmetrical tree with good form.

Chinese pistache has finely divided, lustrous green foliage during the summer months, and terrific fall color, plus exfoliating bark for winter interest. The fiery orange and red leaves make this Asian native one of the prettiest trees in autumn. Other than a requirement for well-drained soil, this plant will flourish in nearly every soil type. Transplant one into your landscape – you’ll be glad you did.

Insect Disease and other Pest Problems: Once established, it becomes carefree with no serious pest problems.

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#deciduous#fall color#bark#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#specimen#winter interest#show stopper#air pollution tolerant#playground#showy fruits#cpp#exfoliating#children's garden#edible seeds
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#fall color#bark#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#specimen#winter interest#show stopper#air pollution tolerant#playground#showy fruits#cpp#exfoliating#children's garden#edible seeds
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Pistacia
    Species:
    chinensis
    Family:
    Pinaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China, Taiwan, Phillipines
    Play Value:
    Edible fruit
    Shade
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 25 ft. 0 in. - 40 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 25 ft. 0 in. - 35 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Oval
    Rounded
    Vase
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Very Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    more than 60 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Blue
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Nut
    Fruit Description:
    Red, ripening to blue fruit on female trees, unedible.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Small greenish flowers, inconspicuous panicles.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Orange
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Dark green leaves have 10-12 lanceolate leaflets. Aromatic when bruised.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Ridges
    Bark Description:
    Bark peels to reveal salmon colored inner bark.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Meadow
    Patio
    Pond
    Recreational Play Area
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Shade Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Foundation Planting
    Shade Tree
    Specimen
    Street Tree
    Attracts:
    Songbirds