The Q&A Archives: Growth Of Chinese Pistache

Question: 2 or 3 years ago I planted a very small Chinese Pistache tree - it was 2-3 feet tall. It's grown alot, especially in the past year. It has side branching up to about 5 ft., but the leader has grown up about 6 ft. past that with no side branching at all. It looks very awkward. Is there anything I can do to encourage it to fill out or is it always going to look like this?

Answer: Your Chinese Pistach (Pistacia chinensis) has the potential to reach 50'-60' at maturity. It's the nature of young trees to look gawky and lopsided, but as they mature they fill in nicely. The kindest thing you can do for your tree is to provide a healthy environment and allow it to grow at will. Pistach trees will thrive with regular moisture, but will tolerate dry conditions. I'd water it deeply once each week during the growing season to help it establish a healthy root system. Allow it to grow and develop branches on its own schedule and you'll be rewarded with an attractive, shapely tree in a few years.

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