Pistacia sp., Pistacia. Pistacia lentiscus
Pistacia lentiscus

Pistacia sp.

Family: Anacardiaceae
USDA Zone: 7-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate water

Pistacia sp. is a large shrub or small tree that can range from 5-20 feet tall. It is characterized by its evergreen leaves, which display a variable range of colors, including bright shades of yellow, orange and red. Pistacia is quite hardy and can be grown in full sun or semi-shade, though it does best when receiving plenty of sun. It is adaptable to a variety of soil types and is tolerant of moderate drought once established. This species is hardy and can be grown in USDA Zone 7-10.

When it comes to growing Pistacia sp. in a pot, it is best done in a well-draining potting mix, with regular, deep watering. Mulch is recommended around the base of the tree to help keep the soil moist and the roots cool during periods of hot weather. In areas with colder winters, it is best to move the pot to a sheltered environment, such as a porch or patio. This will help protect the tree from any cold drafts or snow that may happen in your area.

Pistacia sp. requires little maintenance, other than occasional fertilizing and pruning to keep the tree healthy and in shape. Although it is tolerant of pruning, it is important to note that Pistacia will flower and produce its fruits on new growth, so any pruning should be done after the fruiting season has finished. When fertilizing, a slow-release fertilizer should be used around the base of the tree. This will help ensure the tree is getting the nutrients it needs for optimal growth.

Overall, with its unique colors, hardiness and tolerance for diverse environmental conditions, Pistacia sp. is a great addition to any landscape. With proper care and attention, this species can thrive for many years to come.

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