How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Pepper tree (California pepper tree)—Schinus molle*
Family Anacardiaceae (Sumac family)

Plant identification

Pepper trees are informal evergreen trees that grow 25 to 40 feet tall. They tend to have aggressive roots and drop tree litter.

*May be considered an invasive weed.

Optimum conditions for growth

Pepper trees can grow in several climatic zones. They prefer full sun and well-drained soils. They need little water once established. Provide adequate training when young. Prune to allow for high branching to walk under. Pepper trees need room to spread.

California pepper tree
California pepper tree

Pests and disorders of Schinus molle



Environmental disorders



Pepper tree leaves and berries
Pepper tree leaves and berries

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