Chinese Pistache

Pistacia chinensis

Pistacia chinensis (Chinese Pistache) - full view

Full view

Pistacia chinensis (Chinese Pistache) - leaves

Foliage detail

Pistacia chinensis (Chinese Pistache) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 25-35'; Spread: 25-35'

  • Growth:

    Slow to moderate

  • Character:

    Deciduous; round form; moderate canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Dark green, pinnate leaves with 10 or more smooth narrow leaflets, 2-4" long. Fall foliage is yellow to reddish brown; tree is bare December-March.

  • Flower:

    Insignificant flowers.

  • Fruit:

    Female trees produce of 1/4-1/2" blue, sometimes red, drupes in summer or fall.

  • Bark:

    Mottled, gray bark.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Low. Early pruning needed to train a good shape; pruning needed less frequently with age.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought (once established), heat.

  • Special Considerations:

    Prefers sun, warmth, and good drainage. Does not tolerate strong wind.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to China. Good fall color, even in mild climates. Pest resistant.