Pistacia terebinthus is a Pistacia species, native around the Mediterranean. It can grow up to 2-3m and has a strong smell of resin. The Mastic Tree is not fully hardy in Britain but would highly benefit if you have a hot, dry spot, often against a south facing wall, especially in Southern Britain. The thick, composite leaves often have a purple tint. The young stems and the female plants are showy with red fruits from late Summer (if seed is needed, a male should be planted around as it is dioecious). It will thrive on any soil with good drainage. It can be grown as a pot plant or a patio plant.
|Flower||Red - April to May|
|Soil type||Chalk, Clay, Loam, Peat, Sand, Silt / Alkaline|
|Rate of growth||Slow|
|Height and spread||2m - 3m|
|Origin||Europe, around the Mediterranean|
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