Brazilian Peppertree (Terebinthifolius)

The Brazilian Peppertree (Terebinthifolius) is generally described as a perennial tree or shrub. This is not native to the U.S. (United States) and has its most active growth period in the year round . The Brazilian Peppertree (Terebinthifolius) has dark green foliage and inconspicuous white flowers, with an abuncance of conspicuous red fruits or seeds. The greatest bloom is usually observed in the summer, with fruit and seed production starting in the summer and continuing until winter. Leaves are retained year to year. The Brazilian Peppertree (Terebinthifolius) has a moderate life span relative to most other plant species and a moderate growth rate. At maturity, the typical Brazilian Peppertree (Terebinthifolius) will reach up to 30 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 15 feet.

The Brazilian Peppertree (Terebinthifolius) is easily found in nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by bare root, container, cuttings, seed. It has a moderate ability to spread through seed production and the seedlings have medium vigor. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below 28°F. has low tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Growth Rate Moderate
General Type Tree, Shrub
Growth Period Year Round
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Moderate
Plant Nativity Introduced to U.S.
Commercial Availability Routinely Available
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Summer
Displays Fall Colors Yes
Shape/Growth Form Multiple Stem
Drought Tolerance Low
Shade Tolerance Intolerant
Height When Mature 30
Vegetative Spread None
Flower Color White
Flower Conspicuousness Yes
Fruit/Seed Abundance High
Fruit/Seed Seasonality Summer Winter
Seed Spread Rate Moderate
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Bare Root, Container, Cuttings, Seed
Moisture Requirements High
Cold Stratification Required No
Minimum Temperature 28
Soil Depth for Roots 12
Toxic to Nearby Plants No
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Resprout Ability Yes
Responds to Coppicing Yes
Growth Requirements
pH Range 6.5–7.5 pH
Precipitation Range 24–24 inches/yr
Planting Density 100–300 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Coarse, Fine, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 12
Minimum Frost-Free Days 365 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance None
CaCO3 Tolerance Low
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention Yes
Palatability Low
Fire Resistant No
Causes Livestock Bloating None

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database,
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA