Height: 25-40'; Spread: 25-40'
Evergreen; Irregular canopy with weeping branching habit.
Green, pinnately compound, 6-10" long leaves with 11-31 narrow leaflets, each 1-2" long.
Small, white to yellow flowers in branched clusters in spring.
Reddish, round, 1/4" drupes in fall or winter.
Rough and fissured, gray to red bark.
In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).
- Tree Care:
Moderate. Early pruning needed to train a good shape; pruning needed less frequently with age.
Drought (once established), any soil, some shade, medium winds.
- Special Considerations:
Fruit attracts birds. Roots may become invasive. Susceptible to scale.
- Notable Traits:
Native to Peru. Often called "California Pepper Tree" because it has naturalized here.