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Mastic Tree, Evergreen Pistache
Scientific Name: Pistacia lentiscus L.
Family: Anacardiaceae
Mastic Tree, Evergreen Pistache (Pistacia  lentiscus) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8,9,12-24
USDA: 9-11

Frost Tolerance: 20F (-7C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Origin: Mediterranean, from sea level to 2500 feet elevation (0 to 700 m)

Growth Habits: Dense irregular evergreen shrub or small tree, 15 to 25 feet tall and wide (4.5-7.5 m); leaves even-pinnately compound, leathery, 3 to 5 pairs of 1 inch leaflets; winged petiole

Watering Needs: Little to no water


Was the source, in Greece, of the aromatic resin named 'Mastic'.

Blooming Habits:
Dioecious flowers, inconspicuous, in early spring, in the axils of the leaves. Fruits rarely present, small red berries, 3 to 5 mm in diameter, turning black when ripe.

Fruiting Habits:

Generally by seeds

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