Pistacia chinensis
pih-STASH-ee-uh chin-NEN-sis

Chinese Pistache
Anacardiaceae (Cashew family)
Origin: China, Taiwan and The Philippines, 1897



©Street Tree Division
City of Los Angeles - Department of Public Works
Bureau of Street Services

Species characteristics:
Form - Deciduous. Rounded tree with slow growth to 40' and as wide. Young tree often has an asymmetrical limb structure, but when mature, structure is good with dense foliage and an oval to rounded shape.

Trunk - Thin platelets of light gray bark tinged with shades of light orange.

Foliage - Leaves are pinnately compound, 10" long, a shiny dark green with 10 - 16 paired green, lanceolate leaflets each 2 - 4" long by 3/4" wide. Beautiful fall coloring is scarlet, crimson, orange and sometimes yellow.

Flowers/fruit - Flowers are not showy. Fruit on female tree is bright red, turning a dark blue, flattened and round, 1/4" in diameter, in bunches of 4" long clusters. Female trees take several years to bear fruit and only then if a male tree is nearby.

Cultivars -The grafted male is recommended.

No significant pest problems are known at this time.

Site suitability:

Sunset zones - 4 - 16 and 18 - 23.

Clearances - Suitable for 5' minimum parkways, medians or cutouts.

Good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns.

Culture considerations:
Tolerant of most soil types and moderate alkalinity, as well as most water and wind conditions. Thrives in hot climate and is relatively drought tolerant once established.