Chinese Pistache Trees for landscaping (Pistacia chinensis). The Chinese Pistache tree (non-bearing) is Probably one of the hardiest trees to plant in and around the Southwest. It is small to a medium-sized ornamental tree and of course, it is native to China. A very drought tolerant hardy tree for regions where rainwater is low but still want a good hardy tree for shade or ornamental landscape. It is related to the nut-bearing pistachio tree but will not produce nuts.
The male will usually produce a more reddish color but it is hard to differentiate between a male and female at most nursery stores. They also look somewhat gangly the first 2-3 years after planting them but they get into the 4-5 year they will start to have that canopy look.
The perfect tree for your backyard
Well, there is no such thing as a “perfect tree” but this one gets pretty close for Southwest landscaping. It will eventually grow up to 40-50 ft. tall and 35 ft. wide. It is a moderate grower and drought-tolerant tree but will grow much faster if you water more often. Chinese Pistache tree produces a beautiful well-rounded canopy perfect for shade or ornamental landscape. It is a disease and insect resistant tree and hardy down to -20 ° F. It can also tolerate the Southwest alkaline soils.
City and state landscaping officials around the southwest love using this tree because of its endurance, easy-care, and tolerance for high traffic areas. In addition to its ease and care it produces long-lasting bright bronze/red foliage during the autumn seasons.
It is a moderate growing ornamental tree that will provide shade during the summer, spring, and fall seasons. A very good tree that is well adapted to the Southwest region.
Types of Chinese Pistache Trees
The “Kieth Davey” is a good specimen tree for bright red fall color. Branches form a nicely shaped, pinnately divided foliage. The leaves will turn brilliant dark orange to scarlet red color. The Kieth Davey Chinese Pistache is strictly a male tree and will not produce red berries in fall. A great tree for a medium to large backyards for shade and fall color. You can see a photo of this tree at Monrovia.com
The Red Push is another variety that grows larger and will also turn a bronze foliage color in mid-fall.
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