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Plant Guide

Schinus molle

Common Name
California Pepper Tree
CA Native
Non-native
Plant Type
Tree
Size
25’ - 40’ X 25’ - 40’
Flower Color
White Flowers, Pink Berries
Bloom Time
  • Spring
Leaves
Bright green lacy leaves on weeping branchlets
Evergreen
Evergreen
Deer Resistant
Occasionally Damaged
Wildlife Value
Growth Rate
Fast
Hardiness
Hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
Invasive
Special Features
  • Attractive Berries
Water Use
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Moderate
Soil pH
5.5-6.4 (acid)
Exposure
  • Full Sun
Soil Type
Sandy
Drainage
Good Drainage
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

Invasive in Riparian Areas.

 

Master Gardener Comments

Needs room to spread. Mature trees have gnarled and twisted trunks. Native to Peru but planted around the California Missions as early as 1830’s.  Water 2 - 3 times a month when getting started, then quite drought tolerant.

 

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