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Pistacia chinensis - Chinese Pistache

In our area Chinese Pistache produces more consistant Fall color than any other tree I have seen. Pistacia chinensis has a moderate growth rate. Most Pistacia chinensis trees that I see around town are in the 20 foot range with one specimen 30 feet tall. The trees are dioecious, with the female trees bearing small 1/8" nuts. Pistacia chinensis can easily be propagated by seed. Some people purchase grafted male plants to avoid the chaos of so many seedlings. I like to see brilliant fall foliage like that of the Chinese Pistache against a dark backdrop such as pines. Pistacia chinensis is hardy, readily surviving Winter temperatures of 20° F.

Pistacia chinensis, Chinese Pistache

Reliable red leaves in Fall - Pistacia chinensis - Chinese Pistache. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Other trees that reliably produce Colorful Fall Foliage in our dry climate:
Cotinus coggygria
Ginkgo biloba
Liquidambar Burgundy