Common name: Peruvian pepper tree, False pepper, Pepper tree
Native to: Peruvian Andes
An evergreen tree that grows to 15 metres, with feathery pinnately compound leaves. The flowers are small, white and borne profusely in panicles at the ends of the drooping branches. The fruit are 5 to 7 mm diameter drupes with woody seds that turn from green to red, pink or purplish, carried in dense cluseters of hundreds of berries, closely resembling pepper corns, hence the name.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun
Flowers: Small white flowersin pannicles; more noted for peppercorn-like seeds
Foliage: Evergreen, pinnately compuound leaves
Growth habit: Tree
Hardiness: Hardy and fairly drought-resistant
Height: Up to 15 metres
Spread: Up to 10 metres
Soil requirements: Prefers well-drained soils
Uses: An attractive shade-bearing tree; good for hot, dry climates. Historically used as avenue trees on old colonial farms in Kenya.