SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Dallas Arboretum - Dallas, TX, Bakersfield, CA, River Banks Botanical Garden - Columbia, SC, Ukiah, CA, Palo Alto, CA and Saratagoa, CA
Resistant to oak root fungus. Needs good drainage. Although it can grow to 60 feet, it is most commonly shorter in cultivation.
Cal-IPC (California Invasive Plant Council) lists this plant as unknown invasiveness.
Has fragrant Leaf.
Native to China.
Trees may be referred to as male or female.
A Pistacia chinensis in Sacramento Capital Park #113 is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 64 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 79 inches and a crown spread of 52 feet.
Erect or Spreading with a High Canopy.
Oval, Rounded or Umbrella Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 25 - 35 feet.
Width: 25 - 35 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity Greater than 150 years.
Leaves Pinnately Compound Even with Oblong to Elliptic Leaflets, Medium Green, Red, Gold, Orange or Multicolored, Deciduous.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.
Prolific, Red or Mostly Blue Drupe, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.
Bark Dark Brown, Light Gray or Light Green, Furrowed or Scaly.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 4 - 23.
USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Armillaria. Susceptible to Verticillium and Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered Moderate.
Fire Resistance is Conflicting.
Special Uses & Values
Street Tree, Park Tree, Screen.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Pistacia chinensis Tree Record." 1995-2020. Apr 6, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/pistacia-chinensis >
SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
Cal Poly / ESRI