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Asked by
shaps on
December 15, 2015
San Diego, CA 02103

Q. Brazilian pepper tree

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

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs 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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Asked by
vcalvillo on
October 5, 2016

Q. Brazilian or California Pepper Tree Regrowth Period

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.


Answered by
Alisma on
October 5, 2016
Certified Expert

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:

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