Pistacia chinensis , Chinese pistache, is a small tree in the cashew family. These drought-hardy, heat-resistant trees have some of the best fall color you can find in the South. When I first saw the fall color on these trees at Macon State College and at Bold Spring nursery, I thought they looked like florescent plastic aquarium plants–unreal in their bright orange glow. They’re slow-growing and take awhile to get out of their awkward adolescent stage, but we’ve planted two fairly large pistaches in front of the pavilion thanks to the generosity of Wayne Johnson, who donated these two beautiful trees and many more to the park.
Gorgeous fall color on our new trees, with photos from the park Nov 2013: