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Brazilian Pepper-Tree
Scientific Name: Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi
Family: Anacardiaceae
Brazilian Pepper-Tree  (Schinus  terebinthifolius) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 13-17, 19-24
USDA: 9b-11

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: South America, probably eastern and southern Brazil

Growth Habits: Evergreen small tree, up to 40 feet tall (13 m), leaves have 3 to 13 (usually 7-11) leaflets, and a sometimes reddish, sometimes winged mid-rib

Watering Needs:

Propagation: Seeds

The leaves are aromatic and have a faint turpentine scent when crushed. The seeds have a peppery taste and are sometimes sold as "pink pepper". Since their peppery taste is much weaker than real peppercorns, they are mostly used for decorative purpose in dishes.
The Brazilian Pepper Tree is considered a pest in Florida and Hawaii where it has invaded large tracts of land, displacing the native species.

Blooming Habits:
The small flowers are either male or female.

Fruiting Habits:

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