Can anyone identify this tree (in the East Bay San Francisco area

hostarasta(z9)September 29, 2012

If you know what type of tree this is, could you please advise? Thank you so much.

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EastBayDave

It looks to be a pepper tree - 'Schinus molle'.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2012 at 10:52PM
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wcgypsy(10 / Sunset 23)

Yep....

    Bookmark   September 29, 2012 at 11:02PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Female. Such a pretty color to the berries.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 12:53AM
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jxbrown(z10/24 SD, CA)

The foliage smells nice, too. OTOH, it wants, very badly, to turn itself into a pepper tree grove.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 2:27AM
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calistoga_al

It does reseed itself, plus dropping year around large amounts of refuse. Very difficult to grow anything under it. In our former location we had a large one that took regular pruning to keep it within our own lot. I finely ended up with my compost piles under this tree. Al

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 8:43AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I spend a thousand bucks every two years to maintain mine. Male trees do not get the pretty berries, but they are much less of a mess.
Renee

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 2:34PM
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kittymoonbeam

Pepper trees are so beautiful. I love them in their natural form draping all the way to the ground. There are a few famous ones around in California. The one in the Mission San Juan Capistrano is magnificent. I thought Santa Barbara had a famous one too. A regal looking tree. Give them plenty of room to show off.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 12:43AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

there are hundreds in my neighborhood, most of them volunteers from prolific reseeding. They are beautiful, tough, and have their place, but have certain drawbacks--fire hazard, greedy roots, and the reseeding can be a problem. Though they are called "California Peppers", they are not native to California.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 12:57AM
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kerrican2001(z9b CA)

My parents have three of these in a far corner of their property, and that's where they're best. Yes, nothing would grow under them, but why would you need to? They deserve to be by themselves. They are beautiful year round.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 11:46AM
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kittymoonbeam

Sad to say the the majestic pepper in Capistrano is gone. I went looking for it and found out it could not be saved.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 8:24PM
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chezron

Not a fan of this messy, invasive, non-native, common, boring tree.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 12:47PM
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