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Belindastopa
May 1, 2018 3:37 PM CST
5 months ago we planted a Brazilian pepper tree an unfortunately didn't water it as instructed, the leaves turned brown so I removed them from the tree so the leaves would regrow. Will they grow again? I know the tree is not dead. I scratched the trunk it's still green.
I live in Southern California.
Thank you!
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DaisyI
May 1, 2018 4:02 PM CST
Welcome!

All you can do is water it correctly and wait. It may recover or it may continue to die - it all depends upon how badly the roots were damaged.
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greene
May 1, 2018 7:02 PM CST
Um...why would you deliberately plant a tree that is an invasive pest? I was under the impression that these should not be sold or planted in California.
http://www.cal-ipc.org/plants/...
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 1, 2018 7:10 PM CST
Good catch Greene.

Belindastopa, you should be planting a California Pepper - Schinus molle. I too am surprised you found a place in California to buy a Brazilian Pepper tree. Oh wait, they are for sale at Lowe's!
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Name: Bill
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BigBill
May 2, 2018 5:31 AM CST
In south Florida, Brazilian pepper is number 2 on the do not plant list behind Melalucha(sp.) and just ahead of Mexican poppy.
The poppies are sold all over the Fort Myers area even though it is on the states "Do Not Plant" list. As an invasive, nothing native in terms of fauna get anything from this plant. It creeps everywhere by rhizomes and people say once you plant it, it is yours forever!!! Grumbling
Same for the pepper.
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ctcarol
May 2, 2018 10:30 AM CST
California Peppers can become a pest too, as they reseed abundantly.
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MindiHammerstone
May 2, 2018 10:56 AM CST
We moved into a house that has a mature, some kind of pepper tree and it is MESSY!! Berries everywhere. I don't know what kind it is but birds like to sit in it over my car. I don't know if they eat the pepper berries. I wish it was something else!!

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BigBill
May 2, 2018 10:57 AM CST
Don't forget since Brazilian pepper is not native, birds and animals generally do not eat the berries. So it is completely useless!
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