Pistacia chinensis 'Keith Davies'

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  1. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Pistacia chinensis 'Keith Davey'

    This selected form of Chinese Pistache is
    noted for its Fall color. The other worthy
    attribute is that this tree does not produce
    berries. Introduced into the San Joaquin
    Valley by Mr. Don Kleim of Henderson
    Experimental Gardens in 1986. This tree
    is not readily available in the nursery trade
    still. There are a few but not many Central
    Valley sources for these grafted trees.

    These photos were taken at noon today
    November 8, 2004 with no sunlight due
    to an inversion layer of high fog with a
    series of clouds above the fog. The crude
    photos were taken with a 2.1 megapixel
    Digital Camera.

    The coloring is starting to come around
    even before we have had any real frosts
    so far. The North side of the trees are
    a light scarlet red with more pronounced
    coloring on the South of the tree which
    gets more sunlight. These trees will turn
    more crimson in color as soon as we get
    some light frosts.

    A quick note as I have another post in
    the works.

    Ron, you are correct about the name spelled
    Keith Davey. I should have double checked
    Don's '86-'87 Plant Specialist as he called it.
    Thank you for the pointing out my oversight.

    Jim
     

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  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    It's spelled 'Keith Davey', after the founder of Davey Tree Surgery Company. Selected by Saratoga Horticultural Foundation in 1957, introduced the following year. Plant Patent 2277 (1963) if anyone wants to try searching the USPTO web site to see if there is still an account there.

    Love the color, thanks for sharing. Wish the tree was easier to propagate, more readily obtained.
     
  3. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    I am a firm believer in comparing one plant
    to another to see the differences from plant
    to plant. These photos were taken November
    9, around noon but in a different city than the
    first group of images were taken yesterday.
    Fall color at this stage is typical of how a
    standard Chinese Pistache can and does
    look in comparison to the above images of
    the misses Keith Davey's trees. The second
    tree, the one on the right, has good color
    and sets right behind or due North of the
    tree shown on the left photo in a street
    landscape setting.
     

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    Mr. Shep,
    I'd love to speak with you about the origon of this tree and your knowledge of Henderson's Experimental Gardens. I'm very interested and involved in propagating and growing the Pistacia and also am very interested in the nursery. You seem to be a wealth of knowledge on the subject.

    Lankyrighty
     
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    I too would like to find a nursery source for the Keith Davey tree. Any information would be appreciated. Best wishes to my fellow tree enthusiasts.

    Regards

    Roy Stark
    Newton County, Texas
     
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    I can help. You may contact me via a private message.
     
  7. We are a bare root tree nursery in Oregon. We are looking at the possibliity of growing Pistacia Keith Davies comercially. Does anyone know of a source of scion wood, and also a source of seedling understock?
    Thanks,

    Dave
     
  8. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Note, again, that it is 'Keith Davey'. Not common due to need to be grafted. Understock you might be able to produce yourself by growing them from seeds, if you don't find a source for liners.
     
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    Obviously finding a nursery that ships the "Keith Davey" Chinese Pistache is like winning a lottery. I can't find a single nursery that would ship to Texas. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks!

    Roy Stark
    texxsonn@sbcglobal.net
     

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