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Mastic Tree

Mastic Tree

Regular price $105.90 USD
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Plant Type: tree
Plant Height: 15-25 feet
Spread: 20-30 feet
Flower Color: green
Sun Exposure: Full Sun

The Mastic Tree, known scientifically as Pistacia lentiscus, is a highly versatile and resilient choice for landscaping in Arizona's desert climate. This evergreen tree, native to the Mediterranean region, is well-adapted to hot, dry conditions, making it a suitable addition to the arid landscapes of Arizona.

One of the most notable features of the Mastic Tree is its dense, bushy growth habit, which can be pruned and shaped according to landscaping needs. Its foliage is comprised of small, leathery, dark green leaves that provide a lush, year-round canopy. This dense foliage makes the Mastic Tree an excellent choice for creating natural screens or hedges, offering privacy and aesthetic appeal.

The Mastic Tree is particularly valued for its drought tolerance. Once established, it requires minimal supplemental watering, making it an environmentally friendly choice for water-conserving landscapes. This characteristic is especially beneficial in Arizona, where water efficiency in gardening and landscaping is essential.

In addition to its low water needs, the Mastic Tree is adaptable to a variety of soil types, including the alkaline soils commonly found in Arizona. It's also tolerant of salty conditions, which can be useful in coastal or saline soil areas.

The tree produces small, inconspicuous flowers, followed by red berries that mature to black. While the berries are not particularly ornamental, they do attract birds and other wildlife, adding to the biodiversity of the garden.

In terms of size, the Mastic Tree typically reaches about 10 to 25 feet in height, with a similar spread. Its moderate size and adaptable growth habit make it suitable for a range of landscape applications, from accent plantings to foundational plantings in larger garden designs.

The Mastic Tree is relatively low-maintenance, requiring little care once established. Pruning can be done to shape the tree and control its size, making it a versatile option for both formal and informal landscaping styles.

In summary, the Mastic Tree is an excellent choice for Arizona landscapes, offering beauty, adaptability, and environmental sustainability. Its lush foliage, drought tolerance, and versatility in landscape design make it a valuable and attractive addition to both residential and commercial properties in the region.

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