Chinese Pistache - male or female?

glenn9643(z8 MS)September 15, 2006

I bought a Chinese Pistache last winter from one of the box stores, and at the time couldn't determine if it had produced berries because it was dormant. It was about 6-7' tall when planted. Growth through the summer has been moderate and it appears to be healthy but has not produced any berries yet.

Should I just write this one off as a male tree and try to find a female while berries should be on it, or does it take a few years for them to produce the berries?

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It could easily be a few years before it settles in well enough to start flowering. Look out for the flowers in spring/early summer, and see if they have stamens or a stigma.


    Bookmark   September 15, 2006 at 9:27AM
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Just there a reason to prefer female over male trees? I thought the flowers/berries weren't very showy.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2006 at 4:17PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Though it varies from plant to plant, the berries can be very showy. It is also 'said' that female trees exhibit the best fall color, but I can't speak to that.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2006 at 4:35PM
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rcnaylor(z7 Tex)

I have four males and one female.

Main difference is you get alot of little seedlings if you have a female. As to color, I would say my female has kind of been middle of the pack. Neither the best nor the worst.

Of course, you know how that is, it could be any number of factors not related to sex that has that result in my particular set up. My female is in the middle of the trees which run east-west and they are all on a curb strip.

female is third from left

two males on the left in first picture

a male on far left in first picture

    Bookmark   September 18, 2006 at 4:51PM
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rcnaylor(z7 Tex)

The female CP is fourth from left in top photo.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2006 at 4:55PM
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tfriedlob(7 South Carolin)

I have a one year old Chinese Pistache tree which the nursery said was a hybrid and would have nuts--eg, it did not require a male and female.
Is that possible ??
South Carolina

    Bookmark   November 11, 2006 at 5:25PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7


Chinese Pistache do not produce 'nuts'.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2006 at 9:10PM
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snasxs(7-8 VA)

rcnaylor, that is amazing color and beautiful shape.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2007 at 11:03PM
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