Pepperwood (Umbellularia californica)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 60 to 75 feet or more
Plant Spread: 25 to 30 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fragrant
Fruit: Edible to birds
Other: Small round green berries maturing to purple; each fruit contains one hard seed.
Fruiting Time: Fall
Flower Color: Yellow
Other: Yellowish-green
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Erosion control
Useful for timber production
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Days to germinate: Germination of fresh seed may take up to 3 months.
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

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Location: Salmon Creek, Big Sur, CaliforniaDate: 2011-12-14
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Location: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, CaliforniaDate: 2010-05-21
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Location: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, CaliforniaDate: 2011-02-04
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Location: Malibu Creek State Park, Calabasas, CaliforniaDate: 2010-09-22
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Location: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, CaliforniaDate: 2009-07-09
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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What Type Of Tree Is This? by Bunnie101 Dec 30, 2018 4:11 PM 5
Madeira again. Tiny yellow flower by Silversurfer Mar 17, 2018 6:58 PM 15
Bay Laurel? by trobinson41 Nov 16, 2017 6:06 PM 12
Please help identify huge tree in my garden by Bigpads Jul 29, 2017 7:01 PM 19
Identification and information by Zanymuse Sep 12, 2016 1:12 PM 6
Hardy Edible Evergreens by EvergreenMike Jun 7, 2017 2:00 PM 131
Mystery shrub by zuzu Feb 6, 2013 1:22 PM 17

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