Pistacia Chinensis, a member of the Anacardiacea family (like the cashew) a native of China, is one of the most versatile and rewarding ornamental trees available and is grown widely in gardens and landscapes in temperate regions. Pistacia Chinensis provides a stunning display for all seasons. Whilst the plant is deciduous by mid-late Winter, it quickly follows with a display of distinct glossy green pinnate leaves in Spring and Summer followed by golden yellow and orange leaves at the start of Autumn turning to a bright crimson red colour by mid-late Autumn.
Pistacia Chinensis is an ideal feature plant in a range of applications including streetscapes and public spaces, as the plant is generally very hardy and can handle a wide range of growing environments, including very cold environments (frost-hardy to -20oC).
Pistacia Chinensis is also suitable as a bonsai, provided the germinated seeds are grown in a low-organic matter soil, to ensure the plant is not to vigorous. The tap-root should either be snipped or curled (J-rooted) within the first 8-weeks, to ensure the plant remains suitable for bonsai.
Advantages of Pistacia Chinensis
Beautiful Autumn & Winter colour
Highly ornamental rounded tree
Spectacular display for every season
Deciduous holding leaves into winter
Attractive landscaping variety
Suitable as a specimen for bonsai
3 - 4 m height in the 5 years, but can grow as tall as 8-10m over the years
1 - 2 m apart is suitable planting distance (as a screen) though these are generally planted as features
Prefers full sun aspect
Drought tolerant once established and highly frost tolerant
Suitable for pots but best grown in temperate regions of Australia
Hardy deciduous tree
Seed Sowing Instructions
Easy to follow seed propagation notes are provided with every seed purchase
Seeds of this variety are best started in seed raising mix or Jiffy® pellets before planting into the garden