The Q&A Archives: Brazilian Pepper Tree

Question: I have a Brazilian pepper tree that has been in the ground for two years. This winter we had a freeze and it lost all of its leaves. There is still no signs of growth. Will this tree come back after a freeze of should we dispose of it?

Answer: You might give your tree a little more time to recover before removing it from your yard. Try scraping the bark back on the stems and branches to see if you can find green tissue. If so, the tree is still alive. If not, you may have to remove and replace it. Just scrape the outer bark with your thumbnail and look for green tissue. Start at the tips of the branches and work your way back to the trunk. If you find green tissue, prune to that point to remove the damaged plant material, then wait to see if the tree is able to produce new growth.

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