Brazilian Pepper

Why The Brazilian Pepper Is Bad News for Floridians

Brazilian Pepper trees may look pretty but they can be harmful to the environment. Here are reasons this invasive plant needs to be removed right away. It was intended to serve as an ornamental accent. Yet, in the years since the Brazilian pepper tree was introduced into the state of Florida, it's wreaked havoc on its residents. It also shows no sign of slowing down. With its bright red berries and shiny green foliage, the tree makes for ideal holiday decor. However, don't be fooled by its cheerfulness. This plant might be beautiful but its effects are anything but. Causing issues ranging from skin irritation to habitat destruction, the Brazilian pepper tree is quick-growing and difficult to contain. As such, the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council has added it to its list of invasive species. Ready to learn more about this plant, the damage its causing and the steps being taken to mitigate the issues. What is the Brazilian Pepper Tree? The Brazilian pepper tree is also known as the Florida Holly or the Christmasberry tree. Though its name is similar to that of the black pepper plant, the tree doesn't contain actual pepper. It comes from the family of flowering plants known as Anacardiaceae, also called the cashew or sumac family. Its species name is Schinus terebinthifolius. During the late fall and winter months, it reveals clusters of small, red berries. Then, as the temperatures warm up, small white and yellow flowers spray from its branches. The plant is...

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