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Asked by
Kellym on
June 23, 2014

Q. Tree planting

I’m in Victoria, Australia. I’ve planted a Schinus molle in a small area over an easement without knowing its growth. Should I remove it?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
June 24, 2014
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I'm not familiar with the behavior of this tree in your part of Australia, but I am familiar with its cousin the Brazilian pepper tree, here in Florida. It is a terrible invasive specie, and governments are spending millions of dollars to dig them up, because they are destroying whole ecosystems. If they haven't been declared invasive by your government yet, they probably will be in the near future. I would remove it as soon as possible.

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Asked by
Deborahgeorge on
April 10, 2015
Pacific Palisades, CA

Q. life of a California Pepper Tree

What is the life of a California pepper tree I suspect was planted at the time the house was built in 1947? There were 4 but slowly 3 of them died over the last 5 years that were located in one area of the property. Now the largest one appears to have died but I was wondering if perhaps it is not dead but sick. Do you know how long these trees typically live?

Answered by
shelley on
April 10, 2015
Certified Expert
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I do believe they can live to be a few hundred years old. What symptoms are your trees exhibiting?

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Asked by
vleaver58 on
June 17, 2015
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Q. will pepper tree roots crack my swimming pool

Tree planted 5 yrs ago on lot much lower than our lot but less than 15 ft from our pool. First pool wall began to bulge, and it is now starting to crack. Is tree causing this? My husband says no, as tree is planted lower than pool

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 18, 2015
Certified Expert
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If your referring to the California Pepper Tree, yes it most certainly could have roots invading your pool area.
It's root system goes everywhere and anywhere to search for moisture.
It has a surface roots and the roots are invasive and have caused problems with breaking pavement, invading sewers and drains.

I would have your situation looked at by professionals to determine a course of action.

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Asked by
OneWildKittyCat on
August 19, 2018
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Q. Hi, I brought home a green seed pod from a pepper tree here in Ca.

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

Answered by
drtreelove on
August 20, 2018
Certified Expert
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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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