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Chinese Pistache Tree

Pistachia Chinensis


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-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planting Mix
Chinese Pistache Tree Planting Mix

Helps your Chinese Pistache Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Coarse Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

Tree Gator

Growing Zones: 6-10
(hardy down to 0℉)

Growing Zones 6-10
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

25-35 ft.

Mature Width:

25-35 ft.


Full Sun

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Botanical Name:

Pistachia Chinensis

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Brightens any landscape with amazing fall color

The Chinese Pistache is spreading like wildfire because their blazing fall foliage can’t be matched. While other trees are colorless and entering dormancy, the Chinese Pistache is shining bright with multiple shades of reds, oranges and yellows.

These vivid trees will be the talk of the neighborhood because they will outshine all of the dull trees in your neighbor’s yards with their stunning color and beautiful, thick rounded canopies. Plus, unlike maples, they have a unique exotic look, with pairs of long slender leaves. 

In the spring and summer their canopies are filled with lush green leaves that will create a nice shaded area in your yard to relax under. A well-placed Chinese Pistache tree will shade the driveway or home to relieve sweltering summer heat. 

By producing ornamental red berries in the fall Chinese Pistache trees become a must have for wildlife enthusiasts because they attract a variety of songbirds to flock to the tree. They’re entertaining to watch as they hop from branch to branch.  

Urban landscapers can’t get enough of these trees because their high level of tolerance for pollution and smog allows them to be planted anywhere, even in large cities. They’re also drought and heat tolerant and will adapt to a variety of poor soils, even if they are sandy or rocky. 

Chinese Pistache trees are commonly found in neighborhoods, close to homes because they are medium sized trees. By only growing to 25 to 35 feet tall they become large enough to make a bold statement in your landscape, but won’t take it over. 

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Just waiting
It’s a stick right now. Still green under the bark. Won’t know if I’m happy until spring and it comes out of dormancy.
November 26, 2018
1 month ago
So far so good!
My pistache trees arrived about a month ago. They came in good condition, and have shown very little signs of stress. Less than I was expecting. They each have new growth on them, one more than the other. The main reason I bought them is because I was hoping for fall colors in central Florida. I probably won’t know until next year if it will happen. I will post another review then. Fingers crossed!
Excuse my dead grass. I’m in the middle of a huge landscaping project
Excuse my dead grass. I’m in the middle of a huge landscaping project
November 5, 2018
2 months ago
I was impressed by the height (7 ft) and the overall appearance of the trees when they arrived. I will buy from you again.
When the trees arrived, the box was beat up, but I was impressed that the trees still looked great. I bought these for my daughter as she is having a new home built. She and I planted them according to the instructions. They are the first trees on her property. Even though we are not professional tree planters, the trees seem to be thriving. They are at least 7 feet tall. We had to trim a few broken limbs/leaves off after the shipping. We are tickled with them..
September 28, 2018
3 months ago
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Bought two CHINESE PISTACHE TREES( two foot variety) in the middle part of May 2018. One tree was planted in an area of the yard which has 50% shade but FULL AFTERNOON sun and is flourishing beautifully. It has grown, as of this writing a few days shy of September, to a height of 52 inches. The other one is languishing without ANY shade protection and has only grown 3 or 4 inches from an initial height of 28 inches. It's tender leaves have been burnt to a crisp by our TEXAS summer... which has been brutal this year. As long as it keeps fighting and remains alive, we'll continue to nurse it. The trees were carefully potted, shipped, and arrived in GREAT condition.
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August 27, 2018
7 months ago
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The tree had a rough trip.
The tree went on a 2500 mile trip and got knocked around a lot. Dirt around the root ball was dislodged and all over the box. Smaller branches were broken. Tree top was thick and probably absorbed the impacts. I trimmed out the damage and scooped up the original soil. Keeping it in the same pot for now and it seems to be responding. Will plant when weather cools down. I think styrofoam blocking around the middle of the tree would have prevented the whiplash it took.
August 7, 2018
5 months ago
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Very pleased!
Tree arrived promptly and in good condition. It's about 3 feet with 8 or so branches. The leaves look healthy and we planted the tree that same evening it arrived. It's been about 4 weeks now. The tree looks just the same but with one new branch starting to grow I think that is a great sign! Here in SWFL, we planted it right after Memorial Day. It is in full sun with daily, afternoon showers. Can't wait for it to grow! Our old laural oak tree was 17 years old and gave us full shade in the backyard but Hurricane Irma took the entire thing down. This Chinese Pistachio tree is it's replacement. Looking forward to full shade again!
June 24, 2018
6 months ago
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It's a Start
I ordered this tree in November of 2017. The attached photo was taken the following June. I bought the tree because I wanted some fall color in my Texas landscape, and this tree was highly recommended for that. It seems to be thriving, and I am very satisfied. I would have liked to have gotten a taller tree, but I preferred the price of the 2-3 foot.
In Growing zone 9.
In Growing zone 9.
June 22, 2018
1 year ago
Chinese pistache tree
Shipping was great. It arrived in excellent condition. It appears to have weathered being planted in Texas soil and has put on a few new leaves. Overall very satisfied with the tree.
June 9, 2018
7 months ago
Not quite as mature as other trees we have bought from FGT.
These two trees were packed together and were much smaller than the other trees we bought from them. The limbs were, of course, more delicate as well and each had one or two broken and the root balls were proportionately smaller also. However, we have planted them and used the root growth booster and fertilizer for each tree and they are looking good and have good new growth. So, all in all, these trees are doing well and growing.
May 29, 2018
7 months ago
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Chinese Pistache Tree
I ordered three trees. a Monkey Puzzel Tree and it is doing great and a Hardy Alvocado Tree and it is really growing and adding leaves but the Pistache Tree never did anything. So Sad really wanted the colorful show that I had seen at other places.
May 26, 2018
11 months ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Chinese Pistache Tree

Chinese Pistache Tree Planting Diretions

The Chinese Pistache Tree (Pistacia chinensis) is a beautiful shade and autumn ornamental tree that has been referred to as a “touch of New England to sunsets” with their brilliant red and orange fall foliage. They have an incredible tolerance to almost any soil type. The pistache is also great for growth near patios and sidewalks as they have deeply grown root systems. An intermediate growth speed of roughly 13 to 24 inches yearly that performs best in growing zones 6-9 and will reach a mature height and width of 25-35 feet.


Choosing a location: Your pistache tree will benefit best from a location that receives full sun and a well draining, fertile soil. The trees have long taproots and need at least a 15 foot clearance from structures so their canopy can stretch out. Soil pH can be important but with these trees, good drainage trumps the soil acidity. To be sure there is appropriate drainage, dig a 1 foot deep by one foot wide hole in your intended planting location. Fill the hole with water, and wait one hour. If the water has fully drained, then the location is good. If there is water being retained, you may want to plant elsewhere or create a raised bed for the tree.


Planting directions:
1) Once you have found an ideal location for the tree, make your hole 4-5 times as wide as the root ball.
2) Gently comb the roots with your hands to free them up for the best soil contact.
3) Be sure to center your tree and begin to back fill the hole, tamping the soil down as you fill to prevent air pockets from forming.
4) Water thoroughly and spread 2-3 inches mulch around the base of the tree. Be sure not to let the mulch too close to the trunk to avoid fungus from forming.


Watering: For the first month be sure to water your pistache tree twice weekly. By the fifth week, monitor the soil and only water if the top one inch of soil has become dry. Due to the pistache having such a deep taproot you’ll need to water generously. The best way to ensure that you’re watering deeply enough is to place your garden hose next to the base of the tree on a trickle. Leave the hose running for about 30 minutes. The slow trickle will prevent the water from beading off and it will have a chance to soak deeply into the soil to reach the taproot.


Pruning: If your pistache tree is 5 years or younger then it will need some trimming to encourage its trademark umbrella-like canopy. Prune the top of the tree when it reaches six feet tall between January and February and this will force more branches to develop. As branches emerge, select one as the tree’s trunk, the other as a branch and remove the rest. The trunks should be left to grow another three feet and then prune those to 2 feet above your original cut which in turn will encourage more branches. Repeat this process until the pistache has a well spaced, symmetrical look.


*TIP* Pruning is vital as the trees can get to be a bit “leggy” in their early years before forming into the expected oval shape. Also be sure to rake around the base of the tree in the late autumn season to remove leaf litter.


Fertilizing: For pistache trees that are 5 years (or younger), fertilizer should be introduced during the spring and fall seasons. Use a nitrogen based formula with superphosphate if the tree has not grown at least 2-3 feet annually. Be sure to follow the application instructions provided on the packaging.


The gender of the pistache tree can be difficult to determine at times. If there are two different genders near one another, the female will produce unnoticeable green blossoms that turn into brilliant red clumps of berries in the fall season. As winter approaches, the berry color will change into a blue/purple that attracts a multitude of birds. The bark can be appealing to the sight as well. If peeled from the tree, it reveals a beautiful salmon pink interior color.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
We had a 25 foot tree fall in our backyard; needed a replacement ... this one had the colors we were looking for. We've seen these in the neighborhood.
Greg B on Nov 30, 2018
It seems like almost everything I want in a tree is in this tree. Can't wait to see the colors!
Kimberly K on Nov 12, 2018
We had a 25 foot tree fall in our backyard; needed a replacement ... this one had the colors we were looking for. We've seen these in the neighborhood.
Greg B on Nov 30, 2018
Love the smaller mature scale and burst of fall color - excited to add these to our yard.
Tanja J on Nov 19, 2018
It seems like almost everything I want in a tree is in this tree. Can't wait to see the colors!
Kimberly K on Nov 12, 2018
Beautiful colors, and decent size.
Amanda W on Nov 5, 2018
The trunk and leaf colors!!
Christine A on Oct 7, 2018
I purchased this tree for its shade, size, drought resistance, and fall color.
Kristin M on Oct 1, 2018
Alicia O on Sep 23, 2018
Had one for 5 years and had to move it. Didn’t survive but loved the way it looked so starting over
David M on Aug 24, 2018
Danny F on Jul 26, 2018
I picked this tree as it looks like it will give come color in the fall and was picked as a birthday gift for Vince. Your website was very easy to use.
Vincent V on Jul 20, 2018
Fall color & fitering sunlight should allow grass to grow.
Roy R on Jul 8, 2018
For fall foliage
Nadine R on Jul 1, 2018
we really like all the color it has & its a medium size for our yard
Debra H on May 31, 2018
Love the different colors it turns!
Norma E on May 26, 2018
beautiful tree
alan L on May 23, 2018
PAUL R on May 6, 2018
cool looking tree
Tom T on Apr 30, 2018
Fast growing tree, very colorful
Marcos M on Apr 27, 2018
The Chinese Pistache is a great shade tree. it grows very well in my area, which is Northeast Oklahoma. the roots grow downward instead of along and on top of ground.
Jim H on Apr 25, 2018
Beautiful in the fall. Red leaves. Is a great shade tree.
Laura R F on Mar 28, 2018
I chose this tree because we are trying to turn our yard into a Japanese garden and we wanted a pop of red. I love the unique leaves. We needed something by the driveway and since the roots grow deeper than a red maple it made practical sense as well. So excited!
Lisa G on Mar 27, 2018
Great Review in Southern Living Mag.
Akira B on Feb 12, 2018
We have one of these and it is STUNNING in the fall.
Jackie C on Jan 29, 2018
Already have one and very pleased with this tree.
Mike G on Jan 27, 2018
BONNIE D on Jan 11, 2018
Colorful and unique
bob t on Dec 22, 2017
i like the color
Mary A on Dec 16, 2017
Have always wanted one of these. You can’t get better fall color than this.
Can’t wait for next October. Hope it likes it’s new home.
Dawna/Thomas W on Nov 25, 2017
Saw one on the side of the street. Took a picture and asked FB friends to identify. Love the cluster of red berries. Can’t wait to use the branches in an arrangement !
susan n on Nov 16, 2017
Barbara A on Nov 12, 2017
I have experience with this beautiful specimen. I lived in the Sierra Mountains and it provided great shade in the summer was a rare colorful tree in the autumn in a land of mostly evergreens and Oaks..
JAMES C on Nov 10, 2017
isabel a on Nov 9, 2017
fall color large shade area
Janet S on Nov 6, 2017
I was looking for a shade tree and i love the color change as well.
Judy J on Nov 4, 2017
Fall color.
Paul K on Nov 4, 2017
Fall color,different,unique,exotic?...
Klad B on Nov 3, 2017
Colorful shade tree for zone 10.
Stephen G on Oct 26, 2017
I wanted a tree that would grow quickly, provides shade to my large sunny yard, and that has leaves that change colors. I really excited about adding this tree to my yard!
Elizabeth H on Oct 22, 2017
Cynthia B on Oct 17, 2017
I've never seen one of these trees before and it looks interesting. I like to have different things in my yard to add interest.
Janice S on Oct 14, 2017
Fast growing shade tree required
verdel h on Oct 12, 2017
Hope to have a tree that is quite large, grows fast and provides privacy. Also hope that it looks as stunning as the description states. Thank you.
Donald C on Oct 11, 2017
color, fast growing
Larry K on Oct 9, 2017
unique and colorful. I need large shade trees in Nevada as well.
Lida B on Oct 8, 2017
It's beautiful shade tree, it can grow in South Florida & it's very tolerant! 🌳🌿🍃
Michael L on Oct 6, 2017
Kathleen M on Oct 5, 2017
Love the color! Nice contrast to Florida Green.
ANGELA H on Oct 3, 2017
Heard it is a very beautiful tree in the fall.
Daniel C on Oct 2, 2017
Shape and Color
David H on Sep 27, 2017
Recommended in our area.
Rodney H on Sep 24, 2017
Love the smaller mature scale and burst of fall color - excited to add these to our yard.
Tanja J on Nov 19, 2018
Beautiful colors, and decent size.
Amanda W on Nov 5, 2018
Require Distance from structure?
Rebecca N on Oct 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would plant at least 20 foot away from a structure.
Is the Pistachia tree an evergreen tree?
John W on Jun 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No they are Deciduous.
How close can I plant the tree without the roots harming the foundation of my home?
Karen M on Aug 13, 2018
I plan to plant a row of Chinese pistache - how far apart should I Plant?
heidi on Jul 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can plant them in a row, planting 15-20 foot apart.
It is windy in our area and sometimes have winds up to 80 miles per hour. will this tree withstand this kind of wind. is this tree deep rooted? Please advise.
Ramon Alan D on Jun 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes they have deep tap roots making it possible for them to withstand high winds. I would recommend that at the time of planting that you stake the tree up until it getst established.
How well will this tree handle any snow or ice in the winter?
Kent B on Mar 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My three trees are 17 years old and have weathered two ice storms without any significant limb breakage. They are quite resiliant.
Does this tree lose its leaves?; if so, during what time period in zone 10...SoCal?
Carolyn C on Oct 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It really depends on Mother Nature. The weather factors in when trees loose it leaves. They will not keep them all year since these are not an evergreen, these are deciduous.
I bought two trees in December and planted them. When will I see some growth? So far nothing.
Reva S on Jan 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: In the spring you'll see a small amount of growth this is my second winter there's just a few more branches but I imagine this spring I will see a bit more growth I didn't plant mine until the spring though last year
Can I plant it in Wisconsin?
Corina on Jun 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 6-10. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
What is the life span of the Chinese Pistache Tree?
Vincent on Jul 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They can live up to 50 plus years.
Are the roots aggressive or non aggressive?
Salvador on May 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: the one I know is called Keith Davey variety and it is not aggressive roots, also note that it will probably be the last tree you have to leaf out but is well worth the wait. I love this tree and the fall colors are orange, red and yellow all at one time in the fall on this tree.
How often does it need to be watered?
Richard B on Sep 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: On newly planted trees, water them at least 2 or 3 times a week unless it rains. During severe hot temperature you may have to adjust that too more. Once they are dormant you can cut back on the watering.
How fast of a grower is the Chinese Pistache tree approx?
LeAnn T on Jan 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Once established they can grow 2-3' per year.
Is there a tree similar to this that can be planted in my back yard, in SW Ok. I have some power lines so worry about heighth of tree. Ideas?
Dana L on Sep 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The answer depends on how high is the power lines. This is the first full summer I've had my Chinese Pistache Tree. Just like the picture shows, the leaves are beautiful in the fall. My 5-6 foot tree hasn't grown more than 4-5" since it was planted last fall.
Are the Chinese Pistache a messy tree?
Teri H on Jun 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: absolutely not at all, the one I have is Keith Davey and I love it.
How close can this be to a septic leach field?
Shannon on May 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Honestly I would not recommend planting any tree near a septic tank, go as far away as possible if you do.
What is the highest PH soil that this tree will tolerate?
David R on Jan 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It tolerates a wide range of soil. PH soil ranges from 5.5 to 7.5.
How long should I leave the support stick tied to the tree?
Daniel C on Oct 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If the tree is self supported at this time, you can remove it now.
Are the branches bare in the winter months?
Anna C on Jun 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes they are deciduous tree and will lose their leaves in the winter.
Are these trees very hearty for Oklahoma weather?
Jen H on May 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones for the Chinese Pistache Tree is Zones 6 to 10, they are cold hardy down to 0 degrees F.
Will I see fall colors in central Florida?
Em D on Sep 24, 2018
Do you carry the male Chinese pistache tree?
Aaron on Sep 7, 2018

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