Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Glory of Chinese Pistache


Last week we planted a Chinese Pistache in our front garden. I wanted to have a tree there that has some spectacular fall color. At our old house I had planted a Chinese Pistache that unfortunately only stated to change color the year before we moved away. All the autumns before that it stayed green and just lost its leaves. What a disappointment.


When I decided to try a Chinese Pistache again I avoided one of the mistakes I made with the first tree - I didn't buy and plant it in spring. Instead I waited until November when the color is the best here in my corner of the world. A friend of mine came over with her truck and we went to the tree farm where I found this pretty tree that was already on fire - hopefully a good sign for future falls. The farm had quite some Chinese Pistache that were still green and I made sure to stay away from them.

A couple days later the Geek and I planted the tree and it now adds some wonderful color to the front garden (yes, I still had my ghost pumpkin outside...).

Layered with "kk-appreciate" in soft light at 100%; texture removed from tree; copied and blended in multiply at 100%; layer adjustment on texture only

Further down the street stands a huge Chinese Pistache which is absolutely gorgeous at the moment. Compared to that, mine is a tiny baby.


I'm linking up to Kim's Texture Tuesday again.


17 comments:

Barbara said...

This was the street tree in my old neighborhood in CA, and I remember how wonderful these trees were at Thanksgiving, such a gorgeous tree as well as your images.

Odd Moon Designs said...

Wow, such beautiful fiery color. The image of the mature tree is amazing!

Elephant's Child said...

Wow. Love that explosion of colour.
And I so hope your follows the stunning example of its near neighbour.

girl friday said...

Qua shape I much prefer yours to the large lollipop ones :-)
I wonder what the botanical name is for this tree, Is it rhus something or other?

Dotti said...

Oh, my gosh! What a gorgeous fall tree! I don't believe I've ever heard of this tree or seen it. It's a beauty.

Roxanne said...

I am not familiar with this tree, but it is absolutely beautiful!! What glorious colors!!

Donna Hopkins said...

What a show-stopping, colorful tree! So happy for you that you were able to bring one of these lovely trees to your home -and the joy that will come year after year.

Beverly said...

You made a wise decision to choose your tree in peak color Carola! This is one I've never heard of.... it is stunning, and the large one is just beautiful. Hope they don't take too many years to get full size. Enjoy!

Sharon said...

Gorgeous color! Just look at what your tree will become some day, too. That last image is stunning!

Prairie Jill said...

Oh, those colours are beautiful!

Bethany Carson said...

I love the bright colors! What beautiful trees!

elizabeth said...

What a beauty your colorful tree is! Our home has old growth evergreen trees in the yard that are currently dancing wildly with the strong east winds we are having.

Viv@within the Frame said...

A gorgeous display of colour it really makes the heart sing seeing the beauty.

windrock studio said...

Your tiny baby is beautiful! I've never even heard of these kinds of trees before so thank you for sharing.

Marie said...

Gorgeous tree!!!!

Cynthia Schelzig said...

what a beautiful tree....great color and the mature one looks fabulous. Just think someday yours will be that BIG...oh wow!...we planted a red maple in our front yard about three years ago...it is still a baby too but WHAT color,,,,fire red....beautiful!

Magic Love Crow said...

Gorgeous!!!!