Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Chinese Pistache
Pistacia chinensis

The plant can be used as a rootstock for the pistachio nut, P. vera[200].

Wood – hard, durable. Used in furniture making and carpentry[51].

  • Medicinal Use

    Resin from the related P. lentiscus is analgesic, antitussive, expectorant and sedative. It would be worthwhile examining this species[218].

  • Edible Use

    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].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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.
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.
E. Asia – China.

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