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Questions About Chinese Pistache

Asked by
Anonymous on
September 7, 2011

Q. Chinese Pistache

Want to plant a Chinese Pistache in clay soil. I also live in the desert. What reccomendations would you have in regards to amending the soil and how to go about doing it? Also, can my tree survive here? The zone seems to say it will. Also, how can I ensure that the pistache I buy will be of the red variety come fall?

Answered by
Nikki on
September 8, 2011
Certified Expert
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This article will help with amending your soil: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/how-to-improve-clay-soil.htm

The tree is hardy in Zones 6-9 and takes full sun. As long as you fulfill its growing requirements, the tree should thrive in your area, though it may need additional watering during times of extreme heat and drought-like conditions. If you want berries, you'll have to plant both male and female types. However, if you're simply looking for red fall color (without the berries), then 'Keith Davey' is a male variety of Chinese pistache that has reliable bright red fall color. Also, keep in mind that Chinese pistache trees grown from seed vary from yellow to red to purple, and half of the seedlings are female. Reputable suppliers should label their plants.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 25, 2014

Q. Chinese Pistache

I have three Chinese Pistache and want to know if I can trim the tops. They are about 18 ft tall now at the age of five, growing straight up, not rounding out. They are very healthy, and I wouldn’t want to injure or kill them. Thanks.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 25, 2014
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I would leave them alone for now. These trees get much taller when mature and will branch out at they get bigger. If you nip the terminal bud now, the trunks will split.

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Asked by
Mightytambo on
May 28, 2017
Oakhurst, Ca 93644

Q. Chinese Pistache trees

We have procrastinated and did not get our trees planted this spring, they are still in 5gal. pots and appear to be thriving. It is not likely that we will be able to plant before July. We are in zone 9b and it’s starting to really warm up. As long as we keep watering will they be ok in the containers until early July? Should we just wait until Fall to transplant? Thanks for your help!

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 29, 2017
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There can be differing opinions on this; but I would plant them out.
As long as you water daily for the first two weeks and then watch them carefully for soil moisture they are likely to be less stressed then in containers for the summer.
Add 3 to 4 inches of hardwood mulch to help with temperature and moisture levels.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/chinese-pistache/growing-chinese-pistache-tree.htm

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Asked by
kjolocke on
September 14, 2017
Madera CA 93636

Q. Safe Pasture Trees for Equines

I was under the impression that the Keith Darvey Chinese Pistachio tree was safe / edible for equines. I bought a 10′ tall tree at our local nursery going out of business becasue of the high speed rail. The next day on FB, I saw an article from UC Davis siting Pistachio trees as toxic to horses! I can not take the tree back, all sales final. I would like to find more informtion about this as I can not find the original article that stated they were equine safe.

I am wanting to order more of this same tree if it is equine safe. I actually have four mules in the pastures that I would like to add shade too. We are always in a drought and rely on an ever shrinking ground water source so the trees need to be fast growing and drought tolerant.

I also bought two CA peper trees and a Rayburn Ash trees. Hoping those are safe as well.

Kelley Jo Locke
Zone 8
Madera CA 93636

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 15, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

My research also shows that Pistachio Trees are known to be toxic to horses.

This article has some information.

See more at: http://www.horsedvm.com/poisonous/pistacia/

This is outside of our expertise, so please consult with an Equine Vet to ensure the safety of your animals.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 2, 2017

Q. Chinese Pistache tree

GrowingI read your great article Learn About Hackberry, how about care & feeding of Chinese Pistache tree

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
November 2, 2017
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First, make sure your tree is planted in an appropriate site for the species:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/chinese-pistache/growing-chinese-pistache-tree.htm

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Asked by
margaretcox on
November 23, 2017

Q. Fall color

My pistachio tree’s leaves do not change colors in the fall. It currently has red berries on it. They are green in the spring/summer time frame. Does any of this mean it is male or female? Or – what does? does it have to be a certain age before the leaves change colors? The tree is only 5 years old.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
November 23, 2017
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For the leaves to change colors, it must be below a certain temperature. These red berries mean that it is a female tree. It sounds like what you have is the Chinese Pistache, which would not be edible. If you are in too warm of a climate, the leaves will not change.

This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/chinese-pistache/growing-chinese-pistache-tree.htm

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Asked by
Ken Scott on
December 16, 2017
Ft. Worth Texas

Q. When to prune Chinese pistache adult tree

That’s it

Answered by
BushDoctor on
December 16, 2017
Certified Expert
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The best time to prune these will be January or February. This article will give you more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/chinese-pistache/growing-chinese-pistache-tree.htm

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