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Chinese Pistache

December 2, 2017

Question

I have a Chinese Pistache tree that I planted about 2 years ago.  It has been relatively slow growing.  I planted it because it was reported to outstanding fall foliage.  So far all it has had is a pale orange.  Is there something we can do to help it get more color next fall?    I have been in awe of the beautiful red maples this fall in my neighborhood, so I am thinking of moving this tree and planting a maple.  Is it realistic to try to move it and when would be the best time? 

 

Answer

Chinese Pistache trees normally have outstanding red fall foliage.  Many of us were surprised that we had as good of fall color as we have had this fall. Our fall weather was not too conducive until mid-October.  Good fall color usually occurs when we have warm days and cool nights and ample moisture.  Keeping your trees watered could help next year.  As far as moving or planting new trees now, we are in a good season to do both.  The dormant season—November through February is the best time to transplant trees.  I also think the dormant season, but late fall and early winter are the best times to plant a new tree.  The soil has some residual heat, we tend to get more rainfall and the trees are dormant so they can spend their time putting out roots instead of supplying leaves with nutrition.   If you think you can move the tree yourself, go for it. If it is too large there are companies who have tree spades that make the job much easier.    To ensure the maple tree has good fall color either find one at the nursery that still has fall color, or buy a named cultivar such as October Glory or Autumn Sunset which should have good red fall color. Just because you buy a red maple does not guarantee the resulting fall color. 


 

(December 2005)

QuestionI have a Chinese Pistache tree that I planted about 4 years ago. It is now about eight feet tall. I'd read that this tree would have fantastic fall foliage. So far all it has is very dull orange and I'm ready to cut it. My wife would like to try and save this tree by moving it to a less conspicuous place in the yard. Is it realistic to try to move it?

 

AnswerChinese Pistache trees normally have outstanding red fall foliage. This year has been quite interesting. The fall foliage for many trees was the best ever while others still haven't turned. Our Chinese pistache trees at the office are just now beginning to turn and are a dull orange as well. I am really not sure why they are behind. But to answer your question, trees can be moved, and the dormant season is the best time to do it. Move them between now and late February. There are companies who have tree spades that make the job much easier.


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