PISTACIA chinensis

Commonly known as Chinese mastic, Chinese pistachio

Glossy green pinnate leaves with good autumn colour
Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    Pinnate leaves to 25cm (10in) long, each with 10-12 oblong-elliptic, toothed, leathery, glossy, dark-green leaflets with no terminal leaflet. Leaves colour well in autumn.
  • Height
    15-25m (49-80ft)
  • Spread
    7-10m (23-33ft)
  • Tree
    Erect at first, then spreading with age. Flowers are produced with the young leaves. Males are borne in crowded panicles to 10cmerect at first, spreading with age. Flowers are followed by small, spherical red fruit maturing blue.
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter
    Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun

PISTACIA chinensis

  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Male and female plants required for fruiting
    Pests & Diseases
    Fungal root rot, coral spot
    Place of origin
    Central and western China
  • Flower Shape
    Males in crowded panicles to 10cm (4in) long, females in looser panicles 15-25cm (6-10in) long
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Coastal / windswept
    Suitable for coastal gardens
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile well drained soil
    Moderately fertile, sharply drained.
  • Tree Shape
    Rounded to broadly spreading
15-25m (49-80ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  7-10m (23-33ft)

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