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Pistacia chinensis /Pistachio

Pistacia chinensis  / Pistacia chinensis
Always stunning autumn color
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Always stunning autumn color

Specimen tree

Close-up image of autumn colored foliage

Typical form of a relatively old specimen tree

Close-up image of autumn colored foliage

Summer growth of a large tree

Partial canopy of a mature tree

Dependable autumn color

Tree with heavy seed set in late autumn

Summer foliage

Multi-trunked tree

At Thanksgiving in zone 8

Autumn color in mid-November in Baton Rouge, LA

Autumn color in late November in zone 8

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Scientific Name: Pistacia chinensis
Common Name: Pistachio
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 30 - 40 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Multicolored
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Autumn Color
Plants for Xeriscapes
Comments: This long lived tree has the most spectacular autumn color of any tree growing in the deep South. In late October and November the foliage has pink, yellow, orange and mostly shades of red. Pistachio has no serious insect problems and is troubled with one leaf disease. It is drought resistance and requires little care and makes an excellent specimen or accent plant.