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Commonly known as Chinese mastic, Chinese pistachio
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)
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 - Panicles - males in crowded panicles to 10cm (4in) long, females in looser panicles 15-25cm (6-10in) long
Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
Scented Plants - Scented flowers
Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - moderately fertile, sharply drained.
Tree Shape - Rounded to broadly spreading
Pistacia - Growing Guide
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Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
2 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Vermin & Pest Control
Essential small tree protection from vermin and strimming. This pack includes 5 x 90cm canes and 5 x 90cm spiral guards. Includes instructions.