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Pistacia vera

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General Notes

Needs good drainage. Best in hot interior areas. Male and female trees needed for nut production.

Trees may be referred to as male or female.

Family: Anacardiaceae

Tree Characteristics

Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Rounded, Spreading or Vase Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 25 - 30 feet.

Width: 25 - 30 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Pinnately Compound Odd with Round Leaflets, Bluish Green or Silver or Gray Green, Golden or Yellow or Orange, Deciduous.

Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female reproductive parts (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.

Prolific, Brown or Yellow Drupe, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Fall Edible.

Bark Light Gray, Fissured.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 7 - 12, 14 - 15 and 18 - 21.

USDA Hardiness Zones 7 - 11.

Exposure Full Sun.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Crown Rot, Armillaria, Root Rot and Verticillium.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Biogenic Emissions considered Moderate.

Attracts Squirrels.

Special Uses & Values


Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Pistacia vera Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 9, 2020.
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