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Q.Brazilian pepper tree

Zone San Diego, CA 02103 | shaps added on December 15, 2015 | Answered

Our neighbor has a Brazilian pepper tree (the trunk is just on their side of the wooden fence). This full-grown tree drops red berries all over our deck. We offered to pay for the tree to be cut down and something else planted there. The neighbor objected, but we have learned that the Brazilian Pepper tree is a nightmare to deal with. We have cut the branches that go over our side (at a cost of $2,300), but is there anything else we can do about this problem because we are still having to vacuum berries so they don’t grow on our side.

Thanks, Dave

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Answered on December 17, 2015

There is little that can be done except remove the fallen seeds.
They can reseed quite easily and should be cleaned up to avoid this situation.

The handling of the seeds and leaves should be done with gloves as they can be a skin irritant and cause irritations.

You could contact your local County Extension Office and inquire if this tree is considered a invasive tree in your area.

Here is a link to help find your closest office.


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