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Schinus Genus

Pepper tree

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Description

Schinus genus (Pepper tree). There are about 30 species of evergreen shrubs and trees. The leaves consist of many leaflets but are sometimes simple. The flowers are very small and are arranged in clusters, with male and female flowers on the same or separate trees. They are grown mainly for their foliage and for shade. They are frost tender, min 5C, you can grow in any freely draining soil in full light. You can propagate by seeds in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Shrubs or Trees

Origin

C.N. America.

Interest and use

Grown mainly for their foliage and for shade.

Cultivation

They are marginally frost-hardy to frost-tender plants, which prefer full sun in well-drained, coarse soil; they grow best in warm to hot climates. Propagation is from fresh seed in spring or cuttings in summer.

Propagation

Seed in spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mites could become a problem in a greenhouse.

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