Brazilian Pepper Tree

Brazilian Peppertree

Brazilian Pepper Tree

Brazilian Peppertree is a member of the Anacardiaceae family which includes poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. People sensitive to poison ivy, oak or sumac may also be allergic to Brazilian pepper tree because it also has the potential to cause dermatitis to those with sensitive skin.

Brazilian peppertree is one of the most aggressive and widespread of the invasive, non-indigenous plants in Florida. It is a shrub or small tree that can grow to over 30 feet in height, typically with a short trunk hidden in a thicket of branches. The leaves are arranged alternately with 1-2 inch long, elliptic, and finely toothed leaves. The glossy fruits are borne in clusters that are initially green, but become bright red when ripe. Flowering occurs from September through November.