Chinese Pistachio is a medium size deciduous shade tree with a stout trunk and rounded spreading crown when open-grown. Crowns are narrower and more upright in competition. The dark green foliage is seldom predated and turns an excellent yellow, orange, red, to maroon color in the fall. It is one of our most reliable fall color trees for much of Texas. Trees are tolerant of heat, drought, and salt exposure.
Plant Habit or Use:
Tree, medium tree
sun, partial sun
Dioecious, females green, males purple-green, not showy.
Loose 8 inch to 12 inch panicles of green, red, to purple-black drupes, fruits may be showy.
30 ft to 40 ft
30 ft to 50 ft
Explanation of the Earth–Kind® Index breakdown
- Heat Tolerance: Non-Defined Heat Tolerance
- Water Requirements: Non-Defined Water Use
- Soil Requirements: Non-Defined Soil Requirements
- Pest Tolerance: Non-Defined Pest Resistance
- Fertility Requirements: Non-Defined Fertility Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zones:
6, 7, 8, 9
Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
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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
Remarkably disease and pest free; tends to seed out and become adventive; male selections are needed.