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Pistacia chinensis

Chinese Pistache
  • Plant Type:
  • Tree
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Deciduous
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Large
  • Also Grown As:
  • Standard Tree
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 30-60' x 30-60'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Rounded
  • Native To:
  • Asia
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun
  • Water:
  • Medium Water, Low Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Insignificant
  • Special Features:
  • Desert Conditions, Drought Resistant, Fall Color
  • Container Sizes:
  • #15, 24" Box, 36" Box, 48" Box
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 4-16, 18-23
  • Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone:
  • 6


Not to be confused with the edible Pistachio Nut tree, this ornamental deciduous tree is a knockout in the fall when its leaves turn glorious shades of red, yellow, and orange that will rival anything you see back east or in the Midwest. Native to China, it does well in Western Garden Zones 4-16, 17, 18-23. It loves full sun and seems unfazed by harsh climates, drought, and rocky soils, making it a popular choice for cities as street trees. In other landscapes, it is makes a fabulous specimen, lawn, shade, or patio tree. Growing moderately quickly to 25 (sometimes but not often upwards of 50) feet or so, it forms a rounded oval canopy that offers ample shade in the spring and summer months. When the 12” long leaves appear in the spring, they are a lustrous deep green and are divided into 2-4” leaflets. Give moderate to low water and enjoy the show!