Mastic Tree, Evergreen Pistache
Scientific Name: Pistacia lentiscus L.
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Frost Tolerance: 20°F (-7°C)
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'.
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.
Generally by seeds