Schinus terebinthifolius/Brazilian Pepper-Tree

Schinus terebinthifolius / Schinus terebinthifolius
Foliage of the Brazilian Pepper-Tree
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Foliage of the Brazilian Pepper-Tree

Specimen tree in a southern California botanical garden



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Scientific Name: Schinus terebinthifolius
Common Name: Brazilian Pepper-Tree
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Fruit present: Spring
Fruit color: White
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Comments: The Brazilian Pepper Tree is native to Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. It was brought into Florida in the mid-1800 for use as an ornamental large shrub to small tree. Since that time the tree has become quite invasive in the warmer parts of Florida. It is especially invasive on disturbed sites. It has been placed on Florida's Exotic Pest Plant Council's list of invasive species. Birds and other wildlife disperse seeds across the state. The bright red berries are often used for holiday decorations.