Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees
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).
A single large trunk rises 6–10 ft. tall (after 10 years), topped by a single crown of gray-gree...
Open, graceful habit to 8 ft. tall and 12 ft. wide. Narrow, bright green, 1-in. leaves are dark green ...
Native mostly to Southern California. Broader, more leathery leaves than the species.