Schinus molle

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Name and publication

Schinus molle L., Sp. Pl. 1: 388 (1753).


The fruits of the Peruvian mastictree or California peppertree are sold in the potpourri trade as “pepperberries.” Drupes are typically pink, globose, 3-5 mm in diameter. These are sometimes eaten but may induce severe asthma attacks in sensitive individuals.

Nativity and distribution

Schinus molle is native to South America but widely cultivated and naturalized around the world. This is a potentially invasive plant species whose fertile seeds should be restricted.