Brazilian Pepper Tree
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Brazilian or California Pepper Tree Regrowth Period

Zone 90807 | vcalvillo added on October 5, 2016 | Answered

The tree trimmer absolutely butchered my pepper tree (I believe it is a Brazilian Pepper tree). It needed a good trim, but they removed practically every last leaf. How long with it take for it to start sprouting leaves again? I live in Long Beach, CA. Thanks! Violeta

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Alisma
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Answered on October 5, 2016

I'm sorry to hear about your unfortunate tree! However, Brazilian pepper tree is a very tough, hard-to-kill species which contributes to its reputation as an invasive. It should start growing again quickly, but I'm not sure exactly how soon. When it does re-grow, prune out any root suckers or watersprouts it may produce to maintain the shape of the tree:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/tree-sucker-removal-and-tree-sucker-control.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/apples/apple-tree-water-sprouts.htm

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