California Pepper - Schinus Molle
Locations of High Desert California Peppers: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ffJ-xS1ppubPQZHPhYZb6AC-N__ebNu-&usp=sharing
Sunset Zones: 8,9, and 12-24
USDA Hardiness Zones: 9-11
Sun Exposure: Fun Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline
Drought Tolerance: Drought Tolerant
Growth Rate: 36” per year
Growth Habit: Rounded or Umbrella Shape
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen
Longevity: 50 to 150 years
Litter Issue: Dry fruit, Leaves, and Twigs
Pests and Diseases: Susceptible to Aphids, Psyllid, Scales and Thrip, Armillaria, Phytophthora, Root Rot, Sooty Mold and Verticillium.
Branch Strength: Medium Weak
Root Damage Potential: High
Suckering Potential: High
Salt Tolerance: Good in Inland Areas
Special Care: The roots on these trees are greedy. This makes planting beneath the canopy difficult due to the roots taking all available water and nutrients. Planting these near a septic tank is a disaster waiting to happen.
Pruning Advice: Prune lower branches regularly to increase the height of the tree if that is desired.
Watering Advice: Water until it is established, then watering can almost cease completely due to the drought tolerant nature of these trees.
Staking: Having a top heavy canopy necessitates staking for most trees.
Microclimate: No microclimates required to thrive - What is a Microclimate?