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Pistache, Chinese

Pistacia chinensis

Anacardiaceae - Cashew

Description

Leaves: Alternate; once pinnately compound; deciduous; 10" long; with 10 to 12 leaflets that are 2" to 4" long and one-fourth as wide, lanceolate, short or no-stalked, entire, apex pointed, glabrous, dark green; good yellow to orange-red fall color.

Twigs/buds: Twigs stout; brown with prominent orange lenticels; glabrous; strong odor when crushed; pith wide, white, solid.  Terminal bud 3/8" long, scaly, dark brown to black, glabrous or slightly hairy; lateral buds similar but smaller.

Flowers/fruit: Dioecious.  Flowers small, in small groups, green; bloom in April on previous year's wood.  Fruit a round, 1/4" diameter drupe; red or blue when ripe in October, eaten by birds.

Bark: Scaly; shallowly furrowed; gray with orange inner bark exposed when scale flake off.

Wood: No information available.

General: Native to China.  Drought resistant and otherwise very adaptable.  Shade intolerant.

Landscape Use: This is a good, tough, medium to large tree that should be planted more in warmer locations.  Nice fall color and fairly free of pests.  Used as an understock for grafted commercial pistachios.  Zones 6-9.

Cultivar: 'Pearl Street'.

Characteristics

General

Family:
Anacardiaceae - Cashew
Cultivar Availability:
Yes
Hardiness Zone:
6-9
Type:
Broadleaf
Utah Native:
No

Growth

Growth Rate:
Medium
Mature Height:
Medium
Longevity:
High
Is Good Under Power Lines:
No
Crown Shape:
Rounded

Ornamental

Bark:
No
Fall Color:
Yes
Flowers:
No
Foliage:
No
Fruit:
No

Tolerence

Shade:
Low
Salt:
High
Drought:
High
Poor Drainage:
Medium
Alkalinity:
High
Transplanting:
High