Cashew trees are attractive trees with large leaves and pretty, pink flowers. Seeds are edible.
It is a small evergreen tree growing to 10 to 12 m tall, with a short, often irregularly-shaped trunk. The leaves are spirally arranged, leathery textured, elliptic to obovate.
The flowers are produced in a panicle or corymb up to 26 cm long, each flower small, pale green at first then turning reddish, with five slender, acute petals. Actually, the drupe develops first on the tree, and then the peduncle expands into the pseudo fruit. Within the true fruit is a single seed, the cashew nut. Although a nut in the culinary sense, in the botanical sense the fruit of the cashew is a seed.
CARING FOR CASHEW TREE
Cashews grow best in sandy soils, but sandy soils do not hold much water and are generally not very fertile. The trees will still do fine without additional attention.
However, if a good crop is important to you then you need to supply your cashew trees with additional water and fertilizer.
Irrigate during dry periods, and fertilize the trees when they actively grow, as well as during flowering and nut development.