Pepperberries - Knowledgebase Question

Bolton, CT
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Question by natcraft
November 2, 1997
What are pepperberries? I see them used in many crafts. I have a tree that in in fall has berries similar to them. Do they grow on shrubs, trees.,etc.? Are they edible? What is the name of the plant?

Answer from NGA
November 2, 1997
I found 2 different plants referred to as peppertrees.
Plants of the genus Macropiper are small trees or shrubs which have small berries. They are tender and will only grow in frost-free regions.

There is a plant in the genus Schinus, common names California Pepper Tree, Brazilian Pepper Tree, or Christmas Pepper Tree. It is grown mostly for it's decorative fruit, which is a small purple, pink, red or white berrylike drupe. There are two species grown in California and one grown in Brazil which is also called a Christmasberry tree for it's bright red fruit.

I would assume one of these is what you are referring to, and it doesnt appear either will grow in Connecticut! Too bad, it sounds nice doesn t it?
No mention was made concerning its edibility, so assume they are toxic!

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