Alternate name: Wild Pistachio, American Pistachio, Copall Pistachio
Family: Anacardiaceae, Cashew view all from this family
Description Large, airy, rounded shrub or multi-trunked small tree. Foliage glossy, reddish in spring, dark-green later, pinnately compound. Leaves relatively small, shiny, usually evergreen bronze colored at the growing tips. Clusters of small, white flowers followed by clusters of red, nut-like drupes on females.
Dimensions Height: 6 m. (20 ft.)
Diameter: 20 cm. (8 in.).
Habitat Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Canyons & valleys.
Discussion Heat, drought and salt tolerant, pH adaptable, must have good drainage.
Comments Given too much water, this plant can get top-heavy and fall over in high winds. Disease free. It is the Old World species, P. vera, which produces the edible nut of commerce.
Exposure Preference Sun.
Flower May - July
Native Distribution S. Texas & n.e. Mexico
Site Preference Limestone cliffs; ravine edges
Soil Preference Well-drained, alkaline soil.
Wildlife Value Fruits attract birds.