Pepper Trees
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Hi, I brought home a green seed pod from a pepper tree here in Ca.

Zone 94526 | OneWildKittyCat added on August 19, 2018 | Answered

Not sure if this green pod, which has what looks like little seeds inside is what I plant to grow a pepper tree. Could you please send any info? Such a pretty tree with lots of shade. Someone said it's the berries that grow. Thank you So much,💛 Cheryl

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drtreelove
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Answered on August 20, 2018

Hi Cheryl, Pepper trees don't produce legume seed pods like that. I believe what you have there is mimosa (silk tree, Albizia julibrissin), very common in your area and a very good tree for the climate. You can try to propagate from seeds, but if I were you I would buy a desirable variety from a garden center. There are some good nurseries in that area.
If you really want a pepper tree, you need to differentiate which species. Peruvian pepper (aka California pepper, Schinus molle) is also a great tree for Danville area, as is it's cousin Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius).

https://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&q=mimosa+seed+pods&chips=q:mimosa+seed+pods,online_chips:albizia+julibrissin&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi1h5aL5vvcAhXEZt4KHYIkA4cQ4lYIKSgF&biw=1280&bih=626&dpr=1.25

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