The Chinese Pistache is a medium to fast growing deciduous tree. Around here it grows to about 25-30' but can get much larger in warmer climates (I saw some in Chico that were 50 feet or so). It has a rounded canopy with branching going every which way, especially when young (like the kid with size 12 shoes). It does not develop a central leader but has three or four main scaffold branches arising from the main stem. This is the same planting in late fall.
The leaves are alternate, odd-pinnately compound, with 10-16 leaflets, broadly lanceolate with acuminate tips, and a beautiful dark green color. Fall color is a great orange-red color, sometimes a bit yellow.
Stems are smooth when young, slightly noticeable lenticles, with a sharp pointed terminal bud. You can see the alternation of the leaf arrangement here as well as the red petioles.
Trees are dioecious, male and female flowers on different trees. A very common cultivar is 'Keith Davey', a male. Flowering before leaving out, on old wood so they dont appear at the ends of the branches. These are the male flowers of 'Keith Davey'.
Location: Everywhere. This a a very common tree that works well in most areas. Tolerant of low water, compacted sites.