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Pistacia Chinensis Tree Seeds

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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

What am I Purchasing?

  • Premium seeds of Pistacia Chinensis
  • Easy to follow seed propagation notes