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PISTACIA lentiscus

Commonly known as Lentise, Mastic tree

Aromatic tree with leathery dark green leaflets and red fruits
Further Reading....


  • Evergreen - pinnate leaves, 10cm (4in) long, with winged stalks and midribs each have 2-7 pairs of narrowly lance-shaped leaflets
  • Height - 1-3m (3-10ft)
  • Spread - 1-3m (3-10ft)
  • Tree - small, bushy tree or shrub. Flowers are followed by spherical, red fruit 5mm (¼in) across, ripening black
  • Tender - cool or frost free greenhouse - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)
  • Full sun - if growing outside
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - male and female plants required for fruiting
  • Medicinal properties - sap yields mastic, the fragrant gum used in medicine and dentistry
  • Pests & Diseases - fungal root rot
  • Place of origin - Morocco, Canary Islands, Portugal, Greece
  • Flower Shape - Panicles - - males in dense panicles to 3cm (1¼in) long, females in looser panicles 6cm (2½in) long
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Coastal / windswept - - suitable for coastal conditions
  • Patio / pot plants
  • Hardiness - Half hardy (down to 0) -
  • 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 foliage -
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - - sharply drained - if growing outside
  • Tree Shape - Rounded to broadly columnar -
1-3m (3-10ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  1-3m (3-10ft)

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