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Pistacia chinensis - Bunge.
                 
Common Name Chinese Pistache, Chinese Pistachio
Family Pistaciaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Riversides and in cultivated areas up to 2400 metres in the Himalayas[51]. Forest on stone hills at elevations of 140 - 3550 metres in southern and western China[266].
Range E. Asia - China.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary
Bloom Color: Green. Main Bloom Time: Mid spring. Form: Oval, Rounded, Spreading or horizontal, Vase.

Pistacia chinensis Chinese Pistache, Chinese Pistachio


Pistacia chinensis Chinese Pistache, Chinese Pistachio
Tracey Slotta @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
   
Physical Characteristics
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Pistacia chinensis is a deciduous Tree growing to 9 m (29ft 6in) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower from Apr to June, and the seeds ripen in October. The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required)The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Secondary; Sunny Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Young shoots and leaves - cooked. Used as a vegetable[11, 46, 182, 183]. Seed - cooked. It is roasted and then eaten, or is used in confectionery[105, 183].
Medicinal Uses


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Miscellany.

Resin from the related P. lentiscus is analgesic, antitussive, expectorant and sedative. It would be worthwhile examining this species[218].
Other Uses
Dye;  Miscellany;  Rootstock;  Wood.

The plant can be used as a rootstock for the pistachio nut, P. vera[200]. A yellow dye can be obtained from the wood[266]. Wood - hard, durable. Used in furniture making and carpentry[51, 266].
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Pest tolerant, Pollard, Specimen, Street tree. Succeeds in an ordinary loamy soil and in dry soils[1, 11]. Requires a sunny position[1]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. A very ornamental tree[1, 11]. Any pruning that needs to be done is best carried out in the spring[238]. This species strongly resents being transplanted[113], it should be planted out into its permanent position as young as possible and given some protection from winter cold for its first few winters outdoors. Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed is required. Special Features:Not North American native, Naturalizing, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms.
Propagation
Pre-soak the seed for 16 hours in alkalized water[78], or for 3 - 4 days in warm water[1], and sow late winter in a cold frame or greenhouse[78, 113]. Two months cold stratification may speed up germination, so it might be better to sow the seed in early winter[113]. The germination is variable and can be slow. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow on the plants for at least their first winter in a greenhouse. Plant out into their permanent positions in early summer and consider giving some protection from winter cold for their first year or two outdoors[K]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood from juvenile trees, July in a frame[113]. Layering.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Pistacia atlanticaBetoum, Mt. Atlas mastic tree, Mount Atlas Mastic21
Pistacia atlantica cabulica 10
Pistacia chinensis integerrima 21
Pistacia lentiscusMastic Tree - Pistachier Lentisque22
Pistacia terebinthusTerebinth, Cyprus turpentine22
Pistacia veraPistachio, Pistachio Nut32
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