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Texas Pistache, American Pistachio, Wild Pistachio, Lentisco
Pistacia texana


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

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

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