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Pistache, Chinese Pistacia chinensis

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Zones 6 - 9
Zones 6 - 9

Hardiness Zones: Zones 6 - 9
The Chinese Pistache can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. VIEW MAP

Ornamental Tree
Ornamental Tree

Type of tree:
The Chinese Pistache falls into the following type(s): Ornamental Trees, Shade Trees

25' - 35' High
25' - 35' High

Mature Height:
The Chinese Pistache grows to be 25' - 35' feet in height.

25' - 35' Spread
25' - 35' Spread

Mature Spread:
The Chinese Pistache has a spread of about 25' - 35' at full maturity.

Medium Growth
Medium Growth

Growth Rate:
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. [More about this.]

Full Sun
Full Sun

Sun:
This pistache does well in full sun.

Various Soils
Various Soils

Soil:
The Chinese Pistache grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, sandy, silty loam, well drained, wide range, clay soils.

Oval Shape
Oval Shape

Shape:
This pistache has oval, rounded, spreading or horizontal, vase shape.

More Info
More Info

Attributes:
This is a tough tree with very good fall coloring that survives urban conditions fairly well and does well in all but the most northern zones.

Description:
Chinese Pistache grows quickly in full sun to partial shade on moderately fertile, well-drained soils and will withstand heat and drought extremely well. The crown is quite round and symmetrical on older specimens when grown in full sun but becomes misshapen in too much shade - best for full sun areas. Grows in clay, loam, or sand in a wide range of soil pH.

Wildlife Value:
Used by Xeriscape (dry landscaping) gardeners as a critical addition for wildlife. The seeds provide food for small rodents and birds while the flowers provide food for insects.

History/Lore/Use:
This tree is popular in California and it is also used as the understock for commercial pistachio growers. It has been described as the "Ugly Duckling" because it turns from an unattractive and misshapen young tree into a magnificent specimen tree.

Moisture:
The Chinese Pistache grows well in drought conditions and withstands heat quite well.

Leaves:
The leaves of the Chinese Pistache are lustrous and dark green in summer and a beautiful orange to red in the fall.

Flower Color:
The Chinese Pistache has green blooms that are not showy.

Bloom Time:
The Chinese Pistache blooms in April and May..

Fruit Description:
The female Chinese Pistache produces a small, round (1/4" diameter) orange to red nut.