Right outside my office door stands one of the true testaments to one of our country’s great plant acquisitions, the Chinese pistache. The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens got its start as a USDA Plant Introduction Station, and today those early obtainments are monolithic in size and confirmation of plant durability and performance.
If you are not familiar with the Chinese pistache, it is one of our best sources for fall color. I first became acquainted with the Chinese pistache when it was selected as a Texas Super Star Winner. In Texas, fall color was hard to come by, but this tree was rock solid and reliable. At the Columbus Botanical Garden I enjoyed them as small trees for the urban landscape with a blaze of fiery orange and yellow that would compete with the hybrid red maples and bald cypress. Now in Savannah, Ga., I see their 100-year potential and I can say I still adore them. Draped in Spanish moss they are even more picturesque.
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