Answer: Schinus molle, the California Pepper Tree is a fast growing tree, reaching a mature height of 25-40 feet. The branches naturally emerge on the lower part of the trunk, but you can prune these back without harming the tree, especially if you want to walk under it. Pepper trees adapt to most soils, require little water once established, and doesn't need to be fed. Fertilizer will only encourage weak, spindly growth and bothersome surface roots. Your trees should become established by next spring and will probably begin a vigorous growth spurt then.
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