Native to Central and Western China. It grows 30 to 60 feet tall and equally as wide. Its stunning vibrant orange and red leaves in the fall make this tree one of the most beautiful trees for autumn displays. The Chinese Pistache is part of the cashew and pistachio family, but it does not produce edible nuts. It is an excellent tree for shade, ornamental use, home gardens, and as a street tree. Leaves are fragrant and dark green during the summer.
Seed can be sown most of the year, best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C. Cold stratification is recommended. Cold treatment may not be critical for germination to occur in colder regions but should give increased germination rates. This can be replicated by cold stratification in the refrigerator for 6-8 weeks. Alternatively overwintering in the garden in cold climates will assist germination.
Soak in water overnight.
Sow seed the depth of the seed width.
Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
Ensure the mix is moist but not waterlogged.
Place the container in a plastic bag.
Place the bagged container in the refrigerator for 6-8 weeks.
Germination generally occurs in 14-28 days when moved to warmer temperatures after the period of cold treatment