Summary details for Schinus molle

Pepper tree

Schinus molle

Common name: Pepper tree (English); Peperboom (Afrikaans); Pfefferbaum (German)

Origin: South America

Description

Large, evergreen tree with slender, drooping branches and leaves. Leaves and fruit smell peppery when crushed. Bark rough, cracked.  Leaves drooping, once-pinnate, with slightly winged midrib; leaflets sub-opposite, narrowly lanceolate and slightly curved, with veins prominent below. Flowers tiny, cream, carried in drooping, open sprays. Fruit small, round berries, light green becoming pink-red with papery skin and a black stone when mature.

Discussion

Commonly planted in gardens and around homesteads for shade.  Especially invasive along watercourses.

Schinus molle
Schinus molle © Photo: Coleen Mannheimer
Schinus molle
Schinus molle © Photo: Coleen Mannheimer
Schinus molle
Schinus molle © Photo: Coleen Mannheimer

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