Chinese Pistache
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Chinese Pistache

(Pistacia chinensis)
A garden-scale tree with a rounded canopy; narrow leaflets give it a lacy appearance. In fall, foliage turns luminous shades of orange and red to gold, even in mild climates.

Native to China, this drought-tolerant tree grows to 30-60 feet fall, with nearly equal spread. It tolerates a wide range of soils, including alkaline types. Reliable for street, lawn, patio, or garden.


Japanese maple
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Japanese Maple

(Acer palmatum)
The most airy and delicate of all maples. Reliable color in all but the coldest mountain and low desert areas. Varieties with colorful leaves include 'Atropurpureum' (bronzy green); 'Bloodgood' (scarlet); 'Bonfire' (orange-pink); 'Ever Red' (crimson).

This native of Japan and Korea is slow growing to 20 feet; normally many stemmed. Young spring growth is red; summer's leaves are soft green. After fall's color, slender leafless branches in greens and reds provide winter interest. Plants fare best in filtered shade, though full sun can be satisfactory.


Liquidambar
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Liquidambar

Maplelike leaves give this stout-trunked tree a lacy effect. Fall color varies by variety. L. styraciflua 'Palo Alto' has orange-red to bright red leaves. L. styraciflua 'Festival' turns yellow, peach, pink, orange, and red.

These trees have a moderate growth rate; young and middle-aged trees are generally upright and somewhat cone-shaped. Fruits are spiny balls that ornament trees in winter, need raking in spring. Grows well everywhere but the deserts.


Pin oak
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Pin Oak

(Quercus palustris)
An open, rounded tree. In brisk fall weather, the glossy leaves turn yellow, red, and finally russet brown. Native from Massachusetts to Delaware, westward to Wisconsin and Arkansas. Reliable fall color everywhere but the deserts. Moderate to fairly rapid growth to 50-80 feet. This widely used street and lawn tree needs plenty of water, and tolerates poorly drained soil.


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