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Pistacia chinensis

Common Name(s):
Chinese pistache, Chinese pistachio
Category:
Trees
Comment:

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.

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.

Height:
25-40 ft.
Flower:
Small greenish flowers; blue/red fruit on female trees
Zones:
6-9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun; prefers moist, well drained soil but tolerates a wide range of soils (poor, dry)
Texture:
Medium to fine
Form:
Oval; rounded; main branches may be upright to arching
Width:
25-35 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate to rapid
Leaf:
Alternate, compound even pinnate leaves; excellent red, yellow, or orange fall color
Tags:
winter interest, deciduous, fall color, specimen, show stopper, showstopper, bark

NCCES plant id: 2119

Pistacia chinensis Pistacia chinensis growth habit
Photo by Bri Weldon, CC BY - 2.0
Pistacia chinensis Pistacia chinensis in fruit
Photo by David Prasad, CC-BY-SA-2.0