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Pistacia chinensis
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Zone
Zones 8, 9, 12-24
Full Sun
Full
Minimal Water
Minimal

Pistacia lentiscus

Mastic
Anacardiaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees

PISTACIA

These are ornamental species; for the plant grown for edible nuts, see Pistachio. Glossy deep green leaves are divided into leaflets; insignificant flowers. If male trees are nearby, female trees will bear clusters of tiny fruits. Verticillium wilt may strike established trees. Minimize susceptibility by planting in well-drained soil and watering deeply but infrequently. Young trees tend to be irregular in form and benefit from early training and pruning.

Pistacia lentiscus

From the Mediterranean region. Slow growth to 15–25 ft. high and 20–30 ft. wide. Three to five pairs of leaflets to 1 in. long. Fruit ripens from red to black. Useful as a screen plant for hot, dry locations and poor soil. Sap is the source of mastic, an aromatic resin. Little or no water (monthly soaking is best in Zones 12, 13).

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