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Care of the plant Schinus polygamus or Chilean pepper tree.

Care of the tree Schinus polygamus or Chilean pepper tree

The genus Schinus, family Anacardiaceae, comprises about 15 species of trees and shrubs native to South America. Some species are: Schinus polygamus, Schinus latifoliusSchinus molleSchinus terebinthifolius, Schinus dependens.

Common name: Chilean pepper tree, Hardee peppertree. This species is native to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, and Uruguay.

They are fast-growing, rounded-topped trees or shrubs that reach 4 meters (13.12 feet) in height and 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) in width. The deep green leathery leaves are oblong or lanceolate. The flowers appear in the axils of the branches and are yellowish. They produce fruits in the form of blue-black drupes.

They are used as isolated specimens, in bushy groups, to form screens and to cover dry and sunny slopes.

Schinus polygamus needs full sun exposure and a hot, dry climate. It resists frosts down to -5 ºC (23 ºF).

They grow well in poor, stony or sandy soils and in normal garden soil with plenty of coarse sand.

They are drought-resistant plants that need moderate watering, waiting until the substrate has completely dried.

They do not need fertilizers or pruning.

They are very resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They are easily propagated from seed sown in spring. 

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Schinus polygamus
Schinus polygamus
Schinus polygamus