Chinese pistachio (Pistacia chinensis) is related to the well known nut tree. Its divided leaflets are glossy green during summer and change to intense shades of red in autumn.  Chinese pistachio will still colour well when grown in warmer climates. It’s a tough, small to medium sized deciduous tree that can grow up to 8 metres in height.

How to grow Chinese Pistachio in a garden

  1. Choose a position in full sun or part shade with well drained soil.
  2. Enrich the soil with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed and Yates Nature's Way Organic Compost & Soil Improver. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  3. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  5. Mulch with an organic mulch like woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  7. During the growing and flowering season feed with Yates Thrive All Purpose Granular Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost apply Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate

Growing tips

  • Autumn foliage changes from brilliant orange to crimson to yellow. Will colour well even in warmer climates.
  • Bark is dark grey with shallow furrows and can be tolerant of harsh conditions including drought, heat and frost. 
  • While it is tolerant of most soil types, a well drained soil in a sunny position is preferred.

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