California Pepper | Drought Tolerant Trees
The California Pepper (Schinus molle), also known as the Peruvian Pepper, is an extremely fast-growing, sun-loving tree that flourishes in the lower deserts of the Southwest. Native to areas of dry soil and warm temps this tree easily adapts to our similar desert temperature ranges.
Moist to dry soil
Full sun to partial shade
Moderate to dense
36 inches per season
Fragrant, yellow, or white
Fall or Winter
Small rose to red drupe
Pest & Disease
Susceptible to Aphids, Psyllid, Scales and Thrip, Phytophthora, Root Rot, Sooty Mold and Verticillium
To learn more about creating a water wise landscape, check out our complete list of the best drought tolerant and drought resistant trees for North County San Diego.