Mastic tree

Pistacia lentiscus

Mastic tree - Pistacia lentiscus

Common Name: Mastic tree
Genus: Pistacia
Species: lentiscus

Category: Houseplants

Hardiness: TenderHeight: 3.00 m (300 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 3.00 m (300 cm)

  • Soil: Well-drained soil
  • Rate of Growth: Average
  • Flowering Period: May

    A standard plant with a 60cm tall clear stem and a 30cm head. This plant originates from warmer climates such as the Canary Islands Morocco and Southern Europe so it is not fully hardy here in the UK. It is however a wonderful and unusual plant for a conservatory. The aromatic green leaflets will stay on the plant throughout the year and in spring or early summer it will start to flower. These are followed by rounded red fruit which ripen to black. The sap of this plant yields a fragrant gum (mastic) which among other things is used in dentistry and medicine.
  • Garden Care: Grow in a pot on a sunny patio during the summer and move to a protected spot with a minimum temperature of 10C during the winter. Water freely in summer but keep on the dry side during the winter.