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Five reasons to choose the Chinese Pistache Tree

Posted by David Land on Sun, Oct 14, 2012 @ 05:00 PM

Chinese Pistache in FallChinese Pistache in season

The Best Tree
Everyone loves a tree.  Trees give so much in so many ways. Trees lower outside temperatures, give great habitat for nature, exchange CO2 for Oxygen, and are just plain pretty.  Choose wisely since it takes a long time for your tree to grow and become a great return on your investment.

Chinese Pistache has moved to my top three tree picks for planting. Say that 3 times fast!

Why Chinese Pistache?

  • Extremely heat resistant -  The summer of 2012 proved to me that this tree thrived in the extreme.  Other trees in the same location defoliated but the Pistache held its own.
  • Plants in most soils - One loaction had about 20 juvenile Pistache in about 12" of sandy loam and solid shale under the loam.  They look great.
  • Drought resistant - Once established, this tree can go for several months with virtually no water.
  • Awesome Fall color Tree - By far of one of the best Fall colors every year.  Other trees depend on special conditions each year to give lots of Fall color.  This tree performs year in and year out
  • BONUS reasons - Small leaves so easy to clean up, small fruit for visual interest. Open & airy tree.  Tolerates wet snow & ice fairly well.Fall branch on a Chinese Pistache

Ugly Duckling 

The only downside to Chinese Pistache is when the tree is small, it is a bit of an Ugly Duckling.  The structure is very thin and open.  But as the tree grows, it fills into a full canopy.  At 4"-5" trunk diameter, this tree transforms in a Beautiful Swan!  Don't be afraid of buying a small tree that looks a little scrawny. It WILL fill out.

Last week, we installed 10 of Pistache trees as replacements for Red Maples that had sufferred two years of severe summers and sunburn.   This was a no-brainer because the Pistache will thrive in this poor location. Undoubtedly, this will be a great investment and provide years of enjoyment.

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