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Pistachio: Chinese Pistache Tree Pistacia chinensis

FAMILY: ANACARDIACEAE (Cashew Family)

Native to China, Taiwan, and the Philippine Islands, the Chinese pistache tree Pistacia chinensis is an ornamental species of pistachio tree. It is related to the commercially grown Pistacia vera, but its nuts do not split open on their own like the ones we snack on. Instead, they must be dipped in water then dried in the sun to split them. Even then, though, they are used to produce resins and oils rather than for eating.


At the Safari Park, these trees gracefully decorate parts of Nairobi Village. Look for them especially in autumn, when they are ablaze with fall foliage.