Bonsai Training Information

Pistacia lentiscus
Mastic Tree, Evergreen Pistache

The mastic tree, also known as the lentisc, is an dense irregular evergreen shrub or tree, usually low (4.5 - 7.5 meters) and spreading (4.5 - 7.5 meters) but which can sometimes grow as high as 8 meters. The tree's resin, is used form many purposes including, the production of varnishes, adhesives, chewing gum, in the photography and lithography and for medicinal purpose. The berries are sometimes used for making sweets or liqueurs.


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In well light part of room but not in direct sun light. In summer best to move tree out doors bring back indoors before autumn frost start. Out door stand in semi-shaded area.


Keep soil moist, do not let it dry out. They also do well for having a light misting about twice a day to help maintain humidity.


Forthnightly during the growing season.

Leaf and Branch Pruning:

Prune heavier branches in early spring. Prune back new shoots to the second set of leaves to encourage branching. Leaf pruning can further be carried out the growing season till about May or June in the UK.

Re-potting & Growing Medium:

This species strongly resents being transplanted. It is best to transplant in spring when new growth is begining. Transplant only every 2-3 years for younger plants. 4-5 years in older plants. Re-plant in 50% loam and 50% sharpe sand.


During the growing season. Older branches are hard and need to be bent in to position slowly and over a period of time. Younger banches should mould easly enough. Do not leave wire on for long as it will scar the bark.


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