• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast grower to 25 to 40 ft. tall and wide, larger with age.
    Key Feature:
    Deer Resistant
    Blooms:
    Summer
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:SKY-nus MOL-le
    Plant type:Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Weeping
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast grower to 25 to 40 ft. tall and wide, larger with age.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleMediterranean
    Design IdeasA perfect tree for expansive shade in xeriscape gardens. Traditional choice for rural California and southwestern homesites and landscapes. May be used as a street tree or to line a long drive. Plant a pair to frame a large gateway so dangling foliage will meet gracefully overhead.
    Companion PlantsCombine its feathery foliage and pink berries in the large garden with the Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) for its dark, green leaves. Shares similar water requirements with Santa Barbara Mexican Bush Sage, (Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara'), Bennet's White Rockrose, (Cistus x 'Bennet's White') and El Dorado Ceanothus, (Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Perado').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This dioecious tree is native to the Andes Mountains of Peru and belongs to the cashew family. It was collected by Spanish colonials who distributed the trees by seed into North America. Trees proved particularly well suited to California and the desert Southwest where they became prominent during colonial times.
    Lore:
    This tree is called the California pepper but it is not native. It was brought to the old missions by Franciscans who needed a very drought resistant shade tree.