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CHINESE PISTACHE
Pistacia chinensis

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Photo Locations: Dallas Arboretum - Dallas, TX, Bakersfield, CA, River Banks Botanical Garden - Columbia, SC, Ukiah, CA, Palo Alto, CA and Saratagoa, CA

General Notes

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.

Family: Anacardiaceae

Tree Characteristics

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.

Drought tolerant.

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 Root Rot and Verticillium.

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.

Attracts Birds.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Pistacia chinensis Tree Record." 1995-2018. Jun 21, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/pistacia-chinensis >

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