Chinese Pistachio

All About the Chinese Pistachio

The Chinese Pistachio is scientifically known as Pistachia chinensis. This tree is originated in China as well as Taiwan and is ideal not only for the winter months, but for the summer too. Throughout this article, we will examine all you need to know about the Chinese Pistachio tree.

In terms of appearance, the pistachio tree tends to grow to approximately thirty feet in height at full maturity; however, some may grow up to sixty feet. It is common for the width of the tree to be about twenty-five when fully grown; therefore, make sure you provide adequate room when spacing planted trees. Do not plant it too close to your house or it may become slightly problematic with little room for growth. When bloomed, the trees are either green or red in color. Typically these blooming occurs during the late winter, early spring, or mid-spring. The female trees contain red berries that turn blue in color, but are not very flashy. Birds generally feed off of these fruits.

Planting this tree is relatively easy with propagation requiring sewing of the seed after the last frost of the year. Growing in almost any environment, the tree is beautiful in the fall with a red-orange tint. In terms of soil, it is great for everything from acidic to alkaline and prefers to be in a well-drained, fertilized environment. It is built to withstand windy areas as well as places that are prone to drought. Furthermore, it does very well during the winter months as well. The bark of the tree is able to protect it from being harmed even during periods of ice and moderate amounts of frost. Sun exposure is very important to these trees; therefore, they grow very well in partial shade to full sun.

Although this plant is great during drought, it is essential that it be watered properly until it is fully matured. Generally full maturation occurs approximately two years later. During those two years, be sure to water the tree an average amount, but there will not be a need for watering the plant extensively after it matures.

These trees also produce nuts, as given by the name Chinese Pistachio. Like the fall colored trees, the nut is typically red to orange in terms of color and about a fourth of an inch in diameter. Genetically, the tree is has a relatively high resistance to insects as well as diseases, such as oak root fungus.

For anyone looking to purchase this tree, it is essential to note that it is known for being relatively invasive and messy with seeds usually covering the surrounding landscape. However, most birds will feed off of the dropped seeds.

The Chinese Pistachio is ideal for any backyard, patio area, park, school zone, etc. Providing a surplus of shade, these trees are absolutely beautiful during the fall months. Although they are generally viewed as mess, they are incredibly durable even at degrees reaching as low as well below freezing. If you are purchasing these trees you will find them with other ornamental or shade trees in your local gardening store.

In conclusion, the Chinese Pistachio is perfect for almost any environment; however, it does best in zones seven through ten. The bark protects the tree from extremely cold temperature and frost. Furthermore, it is surprisingly tolerant of high temperatures and loves to be in full sun to partial shade. Anyone wishing to plant this tree can rest assured that it is not high in terms maintenance after the first two years. Be sure to plant by placing the seeds directly into the soil following the last frost of the year. Stop by your local gardening store to pick up the seeds to add this gorgeous crimson-blooming fall tree to your collection.