Keith Davey Chinese Pistache

Pistacia chinensis ‘Keith Davey’


The Chinese Pistache has beautiful orange and red fall colors that last for many weeks. It is gawky for a few years when young, but grows into a wide, spreading tree as it matures. This variety, Keith Davey, is a male tree with reliable bright fall color. We do not recommend unnamed varieties, as half will be female trees which can reseed and become invasive.


This tree prefers low-to-moderate summer water and will do well in a xeriscape (low irrigation) landscape. Pistaches do not do well in areas with poor drainage and soggy soil.

Keith Davey Chinese Pistache
Keith Davey Chinese Pistache

Height: 30 to 45 feet
Spread: 30 to 45 feet
Growth Rate: moderate

Irrigation needed: low to medium water
Fall Color: orange / red
Flowers:  inconspicuous
Seeds/Fruit: Variety Keith Davey has no seeds. Female trees (approximately half of unnamed varieties) have pink/blue berry clusters in the fall.

Planting Distances
Front of green utility box: 8 feet
Building, swimming pool: 20 feet
Fence, paving, underground utilities: 6 feet
Overhead, high-voltage lines: 30 feet

Chinese Pistache Fall
Chinese Pistache Fall