Answer: My understanding of the term like-kind means simply replacing a tree with one similar in size and appearance. California Pepper Tree (Schinus molle), a native of Peru, is a fast-growing tree which can reach 40 feet with an equal spread. Its weeping canopy contains bright green, narrow leaflets and many yellowish white summer flowers in drooping 4- to 6-inch clusters. Flowers become rose-colored berries in the fall. The gnarled and deeply furrowed trunks of these trees grow quite large and are best in unconfined spaces.
You could replace your California Pepper tree with another California Pepper, or with a Mesquite (which has a similar leaf and canopy size) or Honey Locust, Black Locust, or Acacia.
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