California Pepper Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Chula Vista, CA
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Question by chargerfanf
April 25, 2007
I can't get anything to grow under our three trees. Do you have any recommendations that don't require a lot of water? Thanks.


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Answer from NGA
April 25, 2007
As you've discovered, it's hard to get anything to grow under a pepper tree. The dense shade and dry soil will drive most plants to distinction. However, I've found that Vinca minor (periwinkle), Hypericum (St. John's Wort), or Rose of Sharon will usually grow beneath pepper trees.

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