Brazilian Pepper Tree Removal


The Brazillian pepper tree (Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi) is a highly invasive and aggressive weed common in California, Hawaii, Texas and Florida. It is a shrub that grows rapidly and can survive a variety of environmental conditions, according to Florida's Exotic Pest Plant Council. As it grows, it displaces other native plants and reduces the biodiversity of the area causing disruption to local wildlife habits. Prevention and an eradication method that reduces the chance of the pepper tree from regrowing is the only effective management plan.

Step 1

Put on protective eye wear and safety gloves, as well as long clothing to prevent touching any part of the tree while cutting it down. The cambium as well as the leaves can cause skin burn as well as a rash in allergic individuals, says the University of Florida Extension.

Step 2

Cut the plant to ground level using a sharp saw.

Step 3

Apply an herbicide containing glyphosate to the pepper tree stump within five minutes of cutting the tree, says the Hernando County, Florida, website. This prevents the stump from hardening.

Step 4

Check the stump every four to six weeks for sprouts and apply herbicide to any new growth. Recut the stump if sprouts keep appearing and apply the herbicide again.

Step 5

Dispose of any branches and wood according to local requirements.

Things You'll Need

  • Saw
  • Herbicide with glyphosate
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses


  • Florida's Exotic Pest Plant Council: Florida's Brazilian Peppertree Management Plan
  • Hernando County, Florida: Property Owner's Guide to Brazilian Pepper Eradication
  • University of Florida Extension: Invasive Plants--What You Can Do
Keywords: Brazilian pepper tree, peppertree removal, invasive pepper tree

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