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2018 Crop California

Schinus molle

Pepper Tree, Peruvian Peppertree

In Stock: 1.321 lb (Total:1.321lb)
  • Schinus molle

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Seed lots

1.3 lb


Germination test:
Seeds per lb:
1.32 lb
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep , tamp the soil, keep moist

Schinus molle, commonly known as Peruvian Peppertree, is a large evergreen tree native to the Peruvian Andes. This quick-growing tree can reach up to 15 meters tall and wide, with drooping branches that bear small, white, profusely borne flowers and hundreds of berries measuring 5-7 mm in diameter. The bark, leaves, and berries are aromatic when crushed and have long been used in traditional medicine to treat digestive disorders. The tree's wood has also been used for saddles, and the bright pink fruits are often sold as "pink peppercorns" for culinary uses. However, the fruit and leaves are potentially poisonous to some animals and young children. Schinus molle has also become widely naturalized around the world, but it is an invasive species that threatens native vegetation in several countries. Despite this, the leaves are used shamanically in traditional ceremonies in the Andean region, and the fruit was used extensively in the past for producing fermented alcoholic beverages. Schinus molle is a resilient and long-lived tree that grows well from seed, suckers, and cuttings, making it a useful addition to many gardens and landscapes.

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