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Brazilian Peppertree - Schinus terebinthifolius
Family: Anacardiaceae

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Description

Schinus terebinthifolius or Brazilian Peppertree grows as either a tree or shrub reaching heights up to 30 feet. The easiest way to find this tree is to look for the rip red fruits. Leaves are composed of from 3 to 13 finely toothed leaflets from 1 to 2 inches long. Crush the leaves in your hand and smell them. They have an aromatic property to them, some people claiming they smell like turpentine.

Interesting facts

Brazilian Peppertree is a native plant of South America (Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil) that was introduced to the United states in the ornamental plant trade, in the 1840s. This plant does not handel cold well, and is thus restricted in the US to Florida, Texas, California and Hawaii.

This tree is in the genus Schinus which comes from the Greek word that refers to a mastic-tree (plant with resinous sap), of which this plant resembles. Its also note able to mention that this plant is in the same family as poison Ivy, Sumacs, and Mangos, of which also have resinous sap, some species of which are poisonous.

Links to more information

  1. Plant Information - Article from UF IFAS by David Hall and Vernon Vandiver

  2. Plant Management - Article about Control techniques from UF IFAS

  3. Species account - Everything you want to know about this tree including references to more information. This article is somewhat dry but all the information is there.

  

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