|Mastic Tree, Pistacia lentiscus. September 6, 2006. Glendale, Arizona.|
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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.
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.
Soil pH requirements:
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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