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Schinus molle
Schinus molle

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Zones 15-17, 19-27
Full Sun
Regular Water
Berries can cause gastric distress if ingested.

Schinus terebinthifolius

Brazilian Pepper
Evergreen, Trees, Decorative fruit or berries


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 terebinthifolius

From Brazil. Moderate growth to 30 ft. tall and wide; train to single or multiple trunks. Nonpendulous growth. Has darker green, coarser, more glossy leaves than Schinus molle, with 5 to 13 oval leaflets; showy bright red berries in winter.

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