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Schinus molle
Schinus molle

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Zone
Zones 8, 9, 12-24, 28
Full Sun
Full
Minimal Water
Minimal
Toxicity
Foliage can cause dermatitis; berries cause allergic reaction in some.

Schinus molle

California Pepper
Anacardiaceae
Evergreen, Trees, Decorative fruit or berries

SCHINUS

Pepper trees are praised by some gardeners, heartily disliked by others. The two species discussed here differ markedly, though both are tolerant of many soils, and leaves of both can cause dermatitis. Female trees bear abundant, small red fruits that attract birds.

Schinus molle
Schinus molle

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Schinus molle

From the Peruvian Andes. Fast growth 25 to 40 ft. tall and wide. Trunks of old trees are heavy and fantastically gnarled, with knots and burls that often sprout leaves or small branches. Heavy limbs; light, gracefully drooping branchlets. Bright green leaves with many narrow leaflets to 2 in. long. Drooping, 4 to 6-in. clusters of tiny yellowish-white summer flowers; rosy berries in fall, winter. (Some trees have nearly all male flowers; these do not bear fruit.)

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