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Schinus terebinthifolius

Brazilian pepper tree

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height6m to 9m
  • Spread3m to 5m
  • Growth HabitUpright round
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourDeep green

Description

Schinus terebinthifolius (Brazilian pepper tree). This species is a round-headed tree about 9m high, which produces bronze-green pinnate leaves, composed of 7 leaflets. The drooping panicles of tiny cream flowers will appear in early summer to mid autumn, followed by small green berries that will turn red as they ripen in the winter.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Shrub or Tree

Origin

C.N. America.

Interest and use

Grown mainly for their foliage and for shade.

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Needs

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

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

Seeds can cause heath problems.

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