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# 18 Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis)


You have come to a great tree in your search! We at Wilson's hope that you find this plant information to be helpful and interesting. Let us know if we can help you further as you search for that special tree. Our information is based upon decades of loving trees, learning about trees, growing trees, maintaining trees, talking about trees, selling trees. planting trees, watching trees grow, enjoying the beauty of trees and being grateful to God for creating trees!

“The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.” “And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 2:9; 1:12)

Strengths and Weaknesses Listed
All trees have weaknesses and strengths. In order to thoroughly evaluate a tree, you should consider both. Let me begin by offering some strengths of Chinese Pistache and then I will describe some weaknesses. You will be happy to discover that this trees strengths overcome its weaknesses! In fact, from our viewpoint, Chinese Pistache makes our "Top Twenty" list.  But perhaps, it will become your #1 choice.


Strengths: Designated A Texas Super Star

Even though Chinese Pistache is one of only two non-natives to make our "Top-Twenty" list it is worthy of its place. Many might rank it higher. Forty years ago Chinese Pistache was all the rage. It is highly reccomended by Texas A &M achieving its "Superstar" rating reserved  only for proven performers across the state. 


Strengths: Dependable Fall Foliage

​Here in South-central Texas we need all the fall foliage we can get and  Chinese Pistache is faithful to deliver every year. It's colors are fiery orange to red.


Strength: Good For Small Yards

Since Chinese Pistache does not become a huge tree, it is perfect for smaller yards. It still grows into a moderately large shade tree, about 30' feet tall and 30' feet wide.


Strength: Pretty Form and Foliage

Chinese Pistache presents a nice rounded crown full of luxuriant foliage. Its leaves look somewhat like  Pecan, Soapberry and Flameleaf Sumac.  Some Chinese Pistache leaves are 10" inches long. 


Strength: Keeps Green Color in Our Alkaline Soil 

Some non-native trees do not continue fully healthy in our alkaline soil. After a few years their leaves may show signs of chlorosis, a yellowing of the leaves. Fortunately, Chinese Pistache is well-adapted to our area and retains its healthy green color.


Strength: Moderate Growth Rate And Lifespan

Chinese Pistache has a moderate growth rate, two to three feet per year. The tree can also live over 100 years if given reasonable care.


​Strength: Pretty Seeds

Female Chinese Pistache trees make large clusters of seeds that start out green but then turn to a deep red to purple in the fall. They are very ornamental on the tree  and can be used for festive decorations.


Weaknesses
All trees have weaknesses and strengths. In order to thoroughly evaluate a tree, you should consider both. You will be happy to discover that this trees strengths overcome its weaknesses!


Weakness: Not As Drought Tolerant As Other Natives

There are better trees to plant if little or no supplemental water will be given over a period of time. Among these are Lacey Oak, Texas Red Oak, Cedar Elm and Live Oak.


Weakness: Takes a While to Become Attractive

 Chinese Pistache may not look great in a nursery pot but after several years in the ground it becomes attractive.


Chinese Pistache Trees For Sale At Wilson's
Each year we usually have a good supply of Chinese Pistache trees. Typically these are sold as 5 gallon, 15 gallon, 30 gallon and 45 gallon. Larger trees are occasionally available as well. 
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A Blessing For You
We hope that this plant information helps you as you search for that perfect tree. Whichever tree you choose, may it bring you many years of beauty and peace.

May you and your tree be "like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither." (Psalm 1:3)


If you are interested in buying or browsing Chinese Pistache trees in Helotes or San Antonio, Wilson Landscape has an impressive stock of all sizes and shapes of trees. We grow most of our trees from acorns and seeds and only use the best fertilizers. We have beautiful Chinese Pistache to choose from. We specialize in tree growing, and we only grown native and well adapted Texas trees, so you can be sure they will flourish. Best of all, Glenn and Sherry are plant experts and would love to answer any and all questions and concerns  about your specific tree needs. Our knowledge is something that is hard to find.  Come on in or give us a call today! 


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Chinese Pistache

If you are interested in buying or browsing Chinese Pistache Trees in Helotes or San Antonio, Wilson Landscape has an impressive stock of all sizes and shapes of trees. We grow all of our trees from acorns and seeds and only use the best fertilizers. We have beautiful Chinese Pistache Trees to choose from. We specialize in tree growing, and we only grown native and well adapted Texas trees, so you can be sure they will flourish. Best of all, Glenn and Sherry are plant experts and would love to answer any and all questions and concerns  about your specific tree needs. Our knowledge is something that is hard to find.  Come on in or give us a call today! 
(210) 695-2703