Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

December, 2001
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Chinese Pistache
Chinese pistache (Pistacia chinensis) is a long-lived, winter hardy shade tree for the south. Starting off as a tall, lanky tree it soon spreads out into a beautiful shade tree reaching 30 to 40 feet in height and width. It is one of the few dependable sources of fall color in the south, setting the landscape ablaze with shades of spectacular red and red-orange fall color. It is very tolerant of our intense heat and drought, and can thrive in a variety of different soil types from sand to clay. Essentially pest and disease free, Chinese pistache is a near perfect shade tree for the south.

Web Finds

Tree Planting & Care Information
Learn tips on choosing, planting, and caring for your landscape trees from the professionals at the International Society of Arboriculture. Their web page on Tree Care Consumer Information provides all this and more. Check it out before you make that long-term investment in your landscape, or head outside to do your winter pruning. You'll be glad you did!


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