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Care of the plant Schinus terebinthifolius or Brazilian peppertree.

Care of the tree Schinus terebinthifolius or Brazilian peppertree

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

Common names: Brazilian peppertree, Christmasberry tree, Florida holly, Rose pepper, Broadleaved pepper tree. This species is native to Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay.

They are dioecious evergreen trees with a dense rounded crown that reach 8 meters (26.24 feet) in height. The glossy dark green leathery leaves are alternate and odd-pinnate. The flowers are small, cream-colored and not very decorative. They produce quite decorative red fruits.

They are used as isolated specimens and to form rows. Its wood is highly valued for its hardness and its resin is also used. They are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens protected from frost.

Schinus terebinthifolius needs full sun exposure and a frost-free climate.

They grow well in any soil that has good drainage but prefer well-drained slightly clay soils.

These drought-resistant plants need occasional watering in summer when they are adults; young plants need more water at first.

They appreciate a light fertilizer with compost in autumn.

They can be pruned in late winter to keep them compact.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seed sown in spring and by semi-mature cuttings in summer. 

Images of the tree Schinus terebinthifolius or Brazilian peppertree

Schinus terebinthifolius
Schinus terebinthifolius