Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius)

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Brazilian Pepper 1

  • Large, evergreen shrub tree with thick branches;
  • Growing 10 - 40 feet tallBright, small red fruits draped in clusters in late Fall, resembling Holly;
  • Small, yellowish-white flowers in clusters in Fall

Brazilian Pepper 2

  1. Central and South Florida
  2. Residential yards, lake shores, road sides, most habitats
  3. Moist to moderately well drained soil

Reasons it should be removed:

  1. Grows so dense it physically and chemically prevents the growth and penetration of other vegetation
  2. Re-sprouts after pruning, fire and freeze damage
  3. Provides poor wildlife habitat
  4. Causes respiratory problems and skin rashes in some people

Method of removal: 

  1. Manual removal of seedlings 
  2. Chainsaw mature trees and treat stump with commercially available herbicide
  3. Follow up visits are necessary to assure removal

Content updated Date June 18, 2004