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Pistacia chinensis (Pistache, Chinese)
Rich fall color.

Pistache, Chinese

Pistacia chinensis

A tough and durable tree that has found itself thriving in the Texas environment. Although it appreciates regular watering, it tolerates poor and dry soils and can be found growing wild in various parts of East Texas.

Chinese Pistache doesn’t grow uniformed when young, so minimal pruning is appreciated to help it along to when it’s several years old and develops a large, round oval top. At roughly ten years of age, female plants will set large clusters of red to pale green blooms early in the spring before foliage emerges. After the leaves emerge, small blue fruits begin to turn red, attracting birds easily as they mature in the fall.

The real value of the Pistache comes in the fall, when the foliage turns excellent shades of red, yellow, and orange, persisting for weeks until falling. It’s not uncommon for the female plants to continue having seeds on the tree after leaves have already fallen, providing yet more winter color. 

Shade Tree
Fall Color
Street Tree


40-50 Feet



30-40 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 6b

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Full Sun
Water Needs