Brazilian pepper tree

variants: or Brazilian pepper

Definition of Brazilian pepper tree

: an evergreen shrub or small tree (Schinus terebinthifolius of the family Anacardiaceae) native to Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay that has dark green, glossy leaves, clusters of white flowers, and bright red berrylike fruits

Note: The Brazilian pepper tree was introduced into the U.S. for ornamental cultivation during the mid to late 1800s but is now considered an undesirable invasive species in certain states and especially Florida.

called also Florida holly

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First Known Use of Brazilian pepper tree

1902, in the meaning defined above

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“Brazilian pepper tree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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