Northern Texas is Being Attacked By an Invasive Tree Species

Northern Texas is a beautiful place where animals and insects roam. The amazing trees such as the Texas Red Oak can all be seen in this part of Texas. However, it’s not all a life in paradise. A non-native tree species is taking over northern Texas. So, what exactly is the invasive tree species?        

What Is the Chinese Pistache?

The invasive species is a tree named Chinese Pistache, its scientific name is Pistacia Chinensis. This species isn’t native to northern Texas, it’s native East China. The Chinese Pistache is listed as an official state and national invasive species. If you have one of these trees give us: tree pruning round rock TX a call today!

How Did These Trees Spread in Texas?

These species produce red berries. Birds like the seeds and they spread them all over northern Texas. The seeds germinate quickly and began to grow into little trees at an exceptionally fast rate, as stated by Howard Garrett, 2019, ‘This Invasive Tree Species Is Coming Up Everywhere in North Texas’.

These are not the first reports of this tree. The Texas Invasive Species database informs people of invasive species in Texas.  They claimed that the Chinese Pistache is typically planted as an urban street tree to making sidewalks and pathways look more pleasing.  In the 2006 report titled ‘Pistacia Chinensis’, it stated that it was just a simple tree.

Why is it getting so much grief and how is it invasive in the first place?        

If we refer back to what Haward Garrett stated in his article, the seeds get spread by birds and sprout very quickly. How is that a problem? It doesn’t necessarily pose a threat to people in general, but it does threaten the lives of other trees. In a review on Dave’s Garden, 2019, an individual stated that the tree was “…a threat to displace our native trees…”

However, the problems regarding this tree is not a new thing. One man who goes by the name Vossner, in Richmond, Texas stated that the trees have become “a nightmare.” Another Texas individual claimed that it was “a timebomb” and produced “hundreds to tens of thousands of seedlings.”

These reports about the tree date back to 2012! How can a tree completely overrun a yard? And how are we meant to handle the trees invasiveness?  Many people suggest to remove the trees and replace them with a native Texas tree such as a Big Tooth Maple or the excellent Texas Red Oaktree.

Judy Wolfe an author at Home Guides states that raking and cleaning up the area around the trees will help clean up debris and leaves that fall off. It also helps get rid of unwanted seedlings to prevent more trees popping up.

In the article ‘How to Take Care of Chinese Pistache Trees’ Another author and journalist, Neil Sperry, claimed that wrapping the trees in a paper tree wrap would help guard against sunscald and a subsequent pest invasion that could cause the trees seedlings to fall prematurely creating more unwanted trees.        

These trees can be very nice. They can be used to upgrade the appearance of parks, homes, and trails. However, the spread of the berries causing trees to intrude in places they are not wanted or needed. While the trees aren’t necessarily toxic, the berries should only be snacked on by birds. If dogs are running around and they eat the berries they can suffer from vomiting, loose stools, and in some cases can cause dehydration which can be fatal.

In conclusion, if you are dedicated to taking care of this tree and will keep animals or small children away from it, you are in clear to plant one. If you won’t be able to clean up unwanted seedlings or have energetic and curious animals or kids, these trees may not be for you. Don’t let that get you down if you would like to enjoy this beauty for yourself, head down to northern Texas parks and experience the beauty of these trees first hand!