| Texas Pistache, American Pistachio, Wild Pistachio, Lentisco
Texas pistache grows in the Edwards Plateau, on hard limestone in canyons of the Rio Grande. In shallow, wide canyons it is a shrub around 10 feet tall, but it can reach 40 feet in steep narrow ones. Its leaves are relatively small, shiny, and usually evergreen with a bronze color at the growing tips. Texas pistache is heat, drought and salt tolerant, and pH adaptable, although it must have good drainage. It can be single- or multi-trunked, with a somewhat irregular form.
Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree
Exposure: sun partial sun
Flower Color: not showy
Blooming Period: spring
Fruit Characteristics: small seeds in clusters, red turning blue-black
Height: to 40 ft.
Width: to 45 ft.
Plant Character: evergreen semievergreen
Heat Tolerance: very high
Water Requirements: low
Soil Requirements: alkaline adaptable