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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Fruit - raw[1][2]. A turpentine flavour[3]. The fruit is about 8mm long and 6mm wide and contains a single seed[4]. An excellent edible oil is obtained from the seed[3].

Fruit

Unknown part

Oil

Material uses

Used as a rootstock for P. vera, the pistachio nut[3].

A resin is obtained from the tree[5]. No more details. A gum is obtained from the tree. It is used medicinally[6]. It is possible that the gum and the resin are the same thing[K]. Tannin is obtained from galls that develop on the tree as a result of a fungus. It is used to make an ink and a dye[1]. The leaves contain 22.2% tannin[7].

The wood is useful[8].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Antiseptic[6].

Unknown part

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Secondary canopy

Ecological Functions

Rootstock

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 16 hours in alkalized water[9], or for 3 - 4 days in warm water[10], and sow late winter in a cold frame or greenhouse[9][11]. Two months cold stratification may speed up germination, so it might be better to sow the seed in early winter[11]. The germination is variable and can be slow. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow on the plants for at least their first winter in a greenhouse. Plant out into their permanent positions in early summer and consider giving some protection from winter cold for their first year or two outdoors[K].

Cuttings of half-ripe wood from juvenile trees, July in a frame[11].

Layering.

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Cultivation

Requires a sunny position in a deep well-drained light soil[4]. Succeeds in dry soils.

This species is not very cold-hardy in Britain[10], though it can succeed outdoors in the mildest areas of the country. This plant is sometimes grown near P. vera, the pistachio, as a pollinator[3]. Any pruning that needs to be done is best carried out in the spring[12]. Plants are prone to fungal root rots[4].

Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Pistacia atlantica.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Pistacia atlantica
Genus
Pistacia
Family
Pistaciaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
9
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    Pollinators
    ?
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    6. ? 6.06.16.26.3 Davis. P. H. Flora of Turkey. Edinburgh University Press (1965-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.1 Rottsieper. E.H.W. Vegetable Tannins The Forestal Land, Timber and Railways Co. Ltd. (1946-00-00)
    8. ? 8.08.1 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
    9. ? 9.09.1 Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
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    11. ? 11.011.111.2 Dirr. M. A. and Heuser. M. W. The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation. Athens Ga. Varsity Press ISBN 0942375009 (1987-00-00)
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