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Chinese pistache

Scientific name
Pistacia chinensis
Plant Family
The Chinese pistache is a tree from the Cashew family that can grow to about 65 feet tall. It has beautiful fall color, which makes it a popular landscape tree, especially in southern states. It is tolerant of harsh landscapes and so is popular as a street tree and for parking lot plantings. The fruit of the Chinese pistache is a small red drupe that turns blue when it is ripe.
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The Chinese pistache is a tree from the Cashew family that can grow to about 65 feet tall. It has beautiful fall color, which makes it a popular landscape tree, especially in southern states. It is tolerant of harsh landscapes and so is popular as a street tree and for parking lot plantings. The fruit of the Chinese pistache is a small red drupe that turns blue when it is ripe.

Did You Know?

Chinese pistache trees are "dioecious", meaning that the male and female flowers occur on separate trees. As the name suggests, the Chinese pistache originated in China and is now cultivated and planted in many countries, including the U.S. Chinese pistache trees were some of trees chosen for planting at the Oklahoma City National Memorial site.

States
AL, CA, GA, TX