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Mastic Trees, Pistacia lentiscus.

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Mastic Tree, Pistacia lentiscus. September 6, 2006. Glendale, Arizona.
Mastic Tree, Pistacia lentiscus. Also Called: Evergreen Pistache. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Trees.Mastic Tree, Pistacia lentiscus. Also Called: Evergreen Pistache. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Trees.
Mastic Tree.
Pistacia lentiscus.
Mastic Tree.
Pistacia lentiscus.

Mastic Trees.
Pistacia lentiscus, Mango Family ( Anacardiaceae ) Mastic Tree. Also Called: Evergreen Pistache.

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Pistacia lentiscus or Mastic is a dioecious evergreen shrub or or a single to multistemmed smalll tree of the Pistacio genus growing up to 25 feet tall which is cultivated for its aromatic resin, mainly on the Greek island of Chios.


Quick Notes:

Height: Up to 13 - 15 feet tall, equal spread.

Trunk: 3 to 8 inches in diameter.

Bark: Reddish to grayish-brown, thin, smooth or scaly.

Flowers: Dioecious; inconspicuous flowers, in the axils of the leafs.

Blooming Time: Mid May to July.

Seed Pod: Seedpods 1 1/2 - 3" long, 3/8 - 1/2" in diameter; a cylindrical pod; short-pointed at ends, dark brown or black, hard; maturing in summer, remaining attached, often opening late; many elliptical flattened shiny brown; seeds.

Seeds: Elliptical flattened shiny brown; seeds.

Leaves: Pinnately compound,with 3 - 5 pairs of 1 inch leaflets; winged petioles.

Found: Grows almost exclusively on the Chios Island, of Greece. But also found in some other Mediterranean Regions.

Elevation: Native from 0 - 1,600 feet.

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Habitat: In its native growth areas it is found in Mediterranean scrublands, open woodlands, rocky slopes, occasionally on sand dunes. It is well adapted to the alkaline conditions in Arizona.

Miscellaneous: Photos Taken September 6, 2006. Glendale, Arizona. A low water use landscaping plant in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.

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