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Chinese Pistache - male or female?

Posted by glenn9643 z8 LA (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 15, 06 at 7:54

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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RE: Chinese Pistache - male or female?

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.

Resin


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RE: Chinese Pistache - male or female?

Just wondering...is there a reason to prefer female over male trees? I thought the flowers/berries weren't very showy.


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RE: Chinese Pistache - male or female?

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.


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RE: Chinese Pistache - male or female?

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
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two males on the left in first picture

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a male on far left in first picture
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correction

The female CP is fourth from left in top photo.


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RE: Chinese Pistache - male or female?

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 ??
Thanks,
Tom
South Carolina


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RE: Chinese Pistache - male or female?

Explain.

Chinese Pistache do not produce 'nuts'.


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RE: Chinese Pistache - male or female?

rcnaylor, that is amazing color and beautiful shape.


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