Pistacia chinensis     
Chinese pistache   
Anacardiaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: broad crowned tree
Seasonality: deciduous
Size: 30ft with spread 2/3 height; moderate growth rate
leaf form


Leaves: alternate, pinnate, 4-6in long leaves, somewhat lanceolate leaflets 1.5-2in long 1/2in wide; no terminal leaflet; bright green in summer turning attractive bright red color in fall
Flowers: dioecious; aromatic, green to red, in loose panicles
Fruit: female plants have clusters of peppercorn-like seeds, red turning to purplish black
Stems/Trunks: attractive, fissured, gray
Range/Origin: Central and Western China
Hardiness: to low teens


Chinese pistache tree
Pistacia chinensis


aka Chinese mastic tree

Fall leaf color varies between specimens, purchase when in fall color to get desired color

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