Pistacia vera is a deciduous Tree growing to 32ft 10in at a medium rate.

The species is dioecious and individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be, grown.


The plant is not self-fertile; it is suitable for: light sandy and medium loamy soils prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil.

It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

The pistachio vera, a member of the cashew family, is a small tree originating from Central Asia and the Middle East.

The tree produces seeds that are, widely consumed as food.

Pistacia vera often is confused with other species in the genus Pistacia that is also known as pistachio.

Their geographic dispersal can distinguish the other species in the wild and their seeds which are much smaller and have a soft shell.