Anacardiaceae (Cashew family)
Origin: China, Taiwan and The Philippines, 1897
of Los Angeles - Department of Public Works
Bureau of Street Services
Form - Deciduous. Rounded tree with slow growth to 40' and as wide. Young
tree often has an asymmetrical limb structure, but when mature, structure
is good with dense foliage and an oval to rounded shape.
Trunk - Thin platelets of light gray bark tinged with shades of light
Foliage - Leaves are pinnately compound, 10" long, a shiny dark green
with 10 - 16 paired green, lanceolate leaflets each 2 - 4" long by 3/4"
wide. Beautiful fall coloring is scarlet, crimson, orange and sometimes
- Flowers are not showy. Fruit on female tree is bright red, turning a
dark blue, flattened and round, 1/4" in diameter, in bunches of 4" long
clusters. Female trees take several years to bear fruit and only then
if a male tree is nearby.
-The grafted male is recommended.
significant pest problems are known at this time.
Sunset zones - 4 - 16 and 18 - 23.
- Suitable for 5' minimum parkways, medians or cutouts.
Good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns.
Tolerant of most soil types and moderate alkalinity, as well
as most water and wind conditions. Thrives in hot climate and is relatively
drought tolerant once established.