Schinus molle
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Schinus molle

Peruvian peppertree
California peppertree

  family anacardiaceae 
  genus schinus 

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Genus  Schinus Species  molle Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Peruvian peppertree   California peppertree Family  ANACARDIACEAE Specimen number  S11096 Data source  Allergy p265;Frgnt p312;Xeri p305
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  40' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 09a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  This whole plant is mild perfume scented. This somewhat tender plant can only survive cold winter nights that dip to 20� Fahrenheit. It prefers dry soils. Schinus molle is drought tolerant. California peppertree (also known as Peruvian peppertree) tolerates windy and salty seaside conditions.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  yes Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen  Light Hay fever season  Dec 01 - Jan 31 Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  This is a light producer of pollen but should cause problems to only the most sensitive hay fever sufferers. Hay fever season usually extends from December to January.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  fragrant in all its parts Fragrance parts  Whole plant Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Perfume Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Schinus molle is a wildflower and is thought to originate from Peru.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Schinus molle is a woody perennial. California peppertree (locally known in some parts as Peruvian peppertree) is deciduous in nature.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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