Brazilian Pepper Tree, (Schinus terebinthifolius) – Invasive Species
The commonly named Brazilian Pepper tree is an invasive plant, which has been called Florida Holly - however it is not a holly. Its scientific name is Schinus terebinthifolius. The plant is a native from Brazil, South America.
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Brazilian pepper trees like warm weather and are sensitive to cold. The tree grows up to about 30 feet tall. It flowers from September to November and its fruits ripen from November to December.
It has clusters of white flowers that form into clusters of bright red fruits/berries among the green leaves. It looks so pretty that some people use it to make a wreath for Christmas decorations.
Birds (especially the migrating robins) love the Brazilian pepper berries. This helps the invasive plant to disperse its seeds throughout the South of Florida. The tree can be easily spotted along the road sides. Due to the aggressive growing nature of the tree, it can take over and dominate many plants in the hammock area and disturbed the habitats.
This invasive plant – Brazilian Pepper tree is prohibited by law under Section 62C-52.011 Prohibited Aquatic Plant to plant
Also, some people are allergic to the sap and get rashes from trimming the tree.
Brazilian Pepper Tree, (Schinus terebinthifolius) – Invasive Plants
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