Chinese Pistachio is a medium size deciduous tree suitable for use in all but the coldest portions of the Panhandle. It develops a spreading apple-tree or white oak-like growth habit. The medium textured dark green foliage turns yellow, orange, red, or maroon in autumn and is one of our most reliable trees for fall color in the southern two-thirds of Texas. Red to blue-black fruit are features of female trees, but seedlings can be invasive in some areas of Texas.
Plant Habit or Use:
Medium tree, large tree
Pruple-green to red-green, not particularly ornamental.
Panicles of red to blue-black drupes, eaten by birds, effective on female trees from late summer to fall.
30 ft to 40 ft
40 ft to 50 ft
Explanation of the Earth–Kind® Index breakdown
- Heat Tolerance: Medium Heat Tolerance
- Water Requirements: Medium Water Use
- Soil Requirements: Medium Soil Requirements
- Pest Tolerance: Medium Pest Resistance
- Fertility Requirements: Low Fertility Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zones:
7, 8, 9, 10
Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
Click image for enlarged map of USDA Hardiness Zones
Region A - Panhandle and High Plains• Region B - North and Central Texas• Region C - Northeast and East Texas• Region D - West Texas• Region E - Upper Rio Grande• Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast• Region G - Southeast Texas• Region H - Rio Grande Valley
Highly adaptable, to the point of invasiveness in some locales; tends to be slow to establish in the landscape requiring three to five years before putting on vigorous growth, bit of an ugly duckling.