Chinese Pistachio

About the Chinese Pistachio Tree

If you like beautiful trees to be part of your landscaping, you will love the Chinese Pistachio Tree. This is an ornamental tree that grows only to medium height; it originally comes from Taiwan and China. One of the best features of the Chinese Pistachio is that it can easily withstand harsh winters, plus it is also drought resistant.

This hardy tree can also withstand wind, plus it is resistant to disease and pests. One advantage that this tree has is that it has hard wood, and this helps to keep the tree safe from decay and ice damage. During the growing season the foliage of this tree is a deep green color, but in the fall the leaves turn to a beautiful red and orange. In summer, the female Chinese Pistachio will feature lovely red flowers, which is another reason why this type of tree is so popular with landscapers.

The Chinese Pistachio Tree will grow to about 60 feet tall, and will reach a diameter of about the same. Even when grown in a desert region, the tree will still produce bright fall colored leaves. As long as there is a male tree nearby, the female tree does produce a small berry that is bright red, during the fall it turns to a deep purple color. This tree is a nice addition to parks, walkways, yards, and gardens.

Those who live in the Southwest or Southern region of the United States will have the easiest time growing the Chinese Pistachio, but you can grow these in northern regions, as long as the temperatures in the area do not get below zero. There are not any special soil requirements for this tree; it will grow in just about any type of soil.

When you first plant the Chinese Pistachio you will have to ensure that it is watered regularly, but once it is established you would not have to pay close attention to this. It will take about two years before this tree is established enough to be drought resistant.

Although there are not many diseases that you have to worry about when growing the Chinese Pistachio Tree, there are a few. One such disease is the same root fungus that will kill the Olive Tree, though it is resistant to Oak root fungus. Over watering this tree can increase the chance that it will develop root rot so it is important to only water as much as what is needed. Another consideration is that this tree does need a lot of sun, so plant where other trees or buildings will not obstruct the light. You may also want to add some fertilizer to the soil before you plant, and also during the growing season.

When you first plant this tree you will want to attach a stake to it to provide good support; keep the tree pruned for a few years. This should be done until the tree reaches a height where you are able to walk beneath it with ease.

Some things to keep in mind if you decide to grow the Chinese Pistachio; if you have a male and female tree, the female will produce small berries. Although this fruit adds beauty to the tree, they can be messy when they fall so it is best not to plant next to a sidewalk or patio.

If you want a beautiful tree to plant in your yard, that is easy to care for and will provide an abundance of shade when grown, you will want to take a look at the Chinese Pistachio tree.