Peruvian peppertree, American pepper, escobilla, false pepper, molle del Peru, pepper tree, peppertree, California peppertree
- Schinus molle is a perennial tree that can grow from 30-40 ft. (9.1-12.2 m) tall.
- Leaves are pinnately compound, linear, 6-12 in. (15.2-30.5 cm) long with 2.5 in. (6.4 cm) long, sessile, lanceolate to linear, entire leaflets.
- Flowers are found on hanging panicles that can grow 11.8 in. (30 cm) long. Flowers are off white to yellow in color and less than 0.12 in. (3 mm) across.
- Fruits are round, 0.2-0.3 in. (5-8 mm) in diameter, and pink to reddish turning black when mature with a strong pepper scent when crushed.
- Ecological Threat
- Schinus molle can be found along slopes, washes, and in abandoned fields. It is native to South America in Argentina and Peru.
- Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
- University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners
- University of California, Jepson Flora Project
- Flora of Pakistan, www.eFloras.org
- California Invasive Plant Council
- USDA NRCS PLANTS
- USDA ARS GRIN
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