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.

Click here to see our full list of drought tolerant and drought resistant trees perfect for your North County San Diego landscape.

Water Needs

Moist to dry soil


Full sun to partial shade


25-50 feet


Moderate to dense

Growth Rate

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

Fire Resistance


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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.

For more information on our tree services, or to ask Tree Barber’s Certified Arborist a question, please feel free to contact us directly at: 760.745.7871.