Mar 5, 2022
Rounding out National Invasive Species week is Brazilian peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolius). This small tree has dense, intertwining branches and alternate, pinnately compound leaves of 3-13 finely tooth leaflets.
Brazilian peppertrees invade disturbed areas forming dense thickets and shades out native vegetation. Locally found in the southern and coastal areas of Texas, it can also be found in Florida, California, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Initially sold and distributed as an ornamental tree, it is now prohibited to import, sell or distribute this invasive species in Texas.
Use caution when touching or removing this invasive species, contact with the sap or leaves can result in contact dermatitis for some individuals, so always use appropriate protective gear.
Learn more about this invasive tree and others at https://tfsweb.tamu.edu/foresthealth/invasivespecies/ and TexasInvasives.org. #invasivespecies