Plants Index
Dioscorea bulbifera
Several non-native genera
Brazilian Peppertree
Schinus terebinthifolius
Callery pear
Pyrus calleryana
Chinese Privet
Ligustrum sinense
Chinese Tallow Tree
Triadica sebifera
Imperata cylindrica
Japanese Climbing Fern
Lygodium japonicum
Japanese Stiltgrass
Microstegium vimineum
Johnson Grass
Sorghum halepense
Pueraria lobata
Thorny Olive
Elaeagnus pungens
Tree of Heaven
Ailanthus altissima
Amy Ferriter, State of Idaho,

Brazilian Peppertree

Schinus terebinthifolius

The Brazilian peppertree is native to Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil, and was introduced to Florida in the mid-1800s. This invasive plant grows as a tree or a shrub, reaching heights of up to 40’. Brazilian peppertree aggressively invades nearly all types of ecosystems, and is currently found in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, and Texas. Leaves have a reddish midrib, and smell of turpentine when crushed. The fruits change from green to bright red as they ripen, and are spread by small mammals or birds. Seedlings have a very high rate of survival, and can form dense thickets that crowd out other plants. Brazilian peppertree is considered poor habitat for native wildlife, and may lead to allergic skin reactions on some people. Management tactics include burning, cutting, and herbicide treatment, but efforts must be maintained to fully suppress regrowth.

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