Deciduous, broad-crowned tree to 10 m or more tall. Leaves about 20 cm long. Leaflets 10-12, oval-lanceolate with tapering tips, asymmetric, 5-8 cm long, more or less sessile, hanging, terminal leaf absent; spectacular bright deep red in autumn. Flowers in clusters near the tip, males 7 cm long, females 15-20 cm long. Fruits in large clusters, small, obovoid, red, becoming blue; March.
The Mediterranean P. lentiscus and P. terebinthus are occasionally offeed in commerce.
Young shoots eaten as a vegetable in China.
Leaves without a terminal leaflet, cf. Rhus succedanea with which it is often confused.
Source: (2002). Anacardiaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.