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Golden Hills Pistachio Tree
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    Golden Hills Pistachio Tree

    SKU SKU17290
    Growing Zones: 7-11
    Mature Height: 10-15 ft.
    Mature Width: 10-15 ft.
    Sunlight: Full Sun
    Spacing: 15 ft.
    Botanical: Pistacia vera ‘Golden Hills’
    Cannot Ship to: AZ
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    Growing Zones: 7-11
    Growing Zones: 7-11
    Mature Height: 10-15 ft.
    Mature Width: 10-15 ft.
    Sunlight: Full Sun
    Spacing: 15 ft.
    Botanical: Pistacia vera ‘Golden Hills’
    Cannot Ship to: AZ

    A Harvest of Pistachio Nuts in Your Own Backyard

    Although California is the primary commercial grower of pistachios, gardeners in USDA Plant Hardiness zones 7 through 11 can also grow these delicious (and healthy) nuts! We’ve found a superior cultivar that’s bred specifically to produce large harvests – Golden Hills Pistachio (Pistacia vera ‘Golden Hills’). You may have noticed the price of pistachio nuts at your grocery store has been steadily climbing in recent years, so if you can’t get enough of these delicacies, it only makes sense to grow your own!

    The Perfect Match
    Pistachio trees are either male or female, so you have to plant at least one of each for the female tree to produce pistachios. Not only do we offer an outstanding female tree, Golden Hills, but we also have her perfect mate – Randy Pistachio (Pistacia vera ‘Randy’), so be sure to order at least one of each. Both these cultivars were initially introduced to the commercial pistachio trade through the same research and breeding program at the University of California.

    Check Out the Research
    Golden Hills Pistachio was specifically bred for bigger harvests and stronger disease resistance than other female pistachio trees. One way the plant breeders achieved a bigger harvest potential was to produce trees with more branches – more branches mean more surface area for more pistachios! Golden Hills Pistachio was also bred to have an earlier harvest start date – an extended harvest season can produce a bigger harvest. Another benefit of an earlier harvest is less insect damage from a particular pest, the navel orangeworm. Golden Hills Pistachio nuts are typically harvested before this insect can mature and cause damage to the crop. The bottom line is that after years of research, the results showed that Golden Hills Pistachio trees produced 45 percent more pistachios that the other female trees in the field-testing trials!

    How to Grow
    Chilling hours. If your particular climate within Golden Hills Pistachio’s hardiness range offers at least 850 chilling hours – the number of hours the temperature stays below 45 degrees F – trees are capable of producing pistachios. (You can find out this information by calling your local Cooperative Extension Service.)
    Growing tip. Trees may struggle in humid climates; they prefer cooler and drier conditions.
    Planting tip. Because pistachio flowers are pollinated by the wind instead of insects, plant female Golden Hills Pistachio trees downwind of male Randy Pistachio trees.
    Full sun. Trees must be planted on full-sun sites to maximize pistachio production.
    Water. During the active growing season, trees respond to moist – not soggy – soil. And during July and August, when the pistachios are maturing, the trees like lots of water.
    Soil. The soil must drain well for the trees to thrive.
    Fertilizer. Fertilize Golden Hills Pistachio according to the results of a soil test. Trees also benefit from a 20- to 25-pound application of composted cow manure each year.
    Yield potential. Pistachio trees are alternate-bearing, which means that every other year you’ll get a lighter harvest in late summer to fall. But during heavy-bearing years, each mature, healthy Golden Hills Pistachio tree yields up to 50 pounds of pistachios!

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