California Pepper Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Chicago, IL
Question by jwahler
June 24, 2005
I am interested in specifying the California Pepper Tree for an urban landscape. What are the advantages/disadvantages of this plant?

Answer from NGA
June 24, 2005


California Pepper Tree (Schinus molle L.) grows only in USDA zones 9-10. It wouldn't survive your winters in Illinois. Aside from the dropping berries, pepper trees are relatively well behaved.

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