Category: Deciduous Trees
Facts about Chinese Pistache Tree, "Scientific name for Chinese Pistache Tree is Pistacia chinensis". Chinese Pistache is a small to medium sized tree form the family of Anarcardiaceae. The Chinese Pistache Tree is native to Western and Central China. It has a moderate to medium growth rate and can live up to 150 years. The leaves are moderately dense but the branches are very strong.
Chinese Pistache Tree is a hardy tree and can withstand harsh conditions. It does very well in a wide range of soils including poor soils as long as they are well drained. The Chinese Pistache Tree can grow up to 115 feet (35 m) tall spreading at 82 to 115 feet (25 to 35 m) in maturity and require full sun for proper growth. The Chinese Pistache Tree does not require frequent watering but you can water until established. in fact the Chinese Pistache Tree is known to survive well on rocky places without straining.
The shape of the Chinese Pistache Tree is either rounded, oval or umbrella.
The leaves fall down when they mature. They are alternate, pinnate and around 65 to 82 feet (20-25 m) long with 12 leaflets. They normally don’t have a terminal leaflet.
The tree produces flowers in panicles which are 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) long. They are seen in spring and can either be male of female (dioecious). The bark of the Chinese Pistache Tree is scaly, either dark brown, light green or light gray.
The Chinese Pistache Trees fruit, is small which initially is red and when ripe it turns blue. It contains a single seed and the Chinese Pistache Trees that bear the fruits are the females only. The seeds are known for their oil across the world. Chinese Pistache Tree is a very good tree to plant in urban places due to its ability to survive in harsh conditions. This does not mean it cannot be planted anywhere else, but most people also love the flowers it produces. In china, the oil that comes from the seeds is used for biodiesel production. Across the world its wood is used to make furniture.
The Chinese Pistache Tree is resistant to Oak Root Fungus though susceptible to Root Rot and Verticillium.