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California Pepper Tree
CALIFORNIA PEPPER TREE
Schinus molle

The largest tree of the Schinus species is a quick growing evergreen tree with bright fruits that are often sold as “pink peppercorns.” Despite this tree’s name, it is unrelated to true pepper trees. The California Pepper Tree is also a good candidate for use as an alternative to synthetic pest control as it has natural insecticidal properties.

GARDENING BASICS
Type: Trees
Hardiness: 10˚F to 15˚F
Water: Low
Sun Exposure:
GROWTH
Growth Rate: Moderate/Fast
Average Size: 30’ H × 30’ W
Coverage: 530 square feet
FOLIAGE
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Color: Dark Green
FLOWERS & FRUITS
Flower Color: Small and white
Flower Season:
Fruit: Small round drupes that change color from green to red with woody seeds
MORE COMMENTS
Thorns: No
Allergies: Moderately allergenic
The fruit and leaves can be poisonous to poultry, pigs, and possibly calves