Schinus terebinthifoliaCommon name: Japanese Pepper Tree

Meaning of name: The meaning of the name is unknown.

Distribution: Occurs in damp sites near Geraldton and on river banks and swampy sites around Perth.

Description: An evergreen tree with dark green, leathery leaves. Male trees produce small cream flowers in summer. Female trees produce many small red berries up to 5 millimetres in diameter.

Notes: The tree is native to Brazil. Birds probably spread the seeds. The tree produces suckers from damaged roots and regrows vigorously from the stump when cut.

References: Western Weeds, A Guide to the Weeds of Western Australia. BMJ Hussey, GJ Keighery, J Dodd, SG Lloyd, RD Cousens. 1997.