Brazillian Pepper

Brazilian Pepper, also know as Florida holly, is from the tropical coast of Brazil and was introduced to Florida in the late 1800's. This tree (35ft.) grows rapidly, developing a rough furrowed bark as it matures. It is a prolific seed producer, and forms clusters of red berries on female trees. The berries are eaten by raccoons and birds aiding in the dispersal of seeds.

Once established, Brazilian pepper successfully competes for light, soil nutrients, and moisture, thus eliminating native plants and trees. It also has been suggested that Brazilian pepper produces a chemical in its leaves that has the ability to suppress the growth of other plants.