To identify Peruvian pepper, look for a tree or shrub with compound gray-green leaves and small pink or red berries. This species can grow up to 30 feet (10 meters) tall. The fruit can be used as a spicy condiment or in tea but is not commonly used.
Peruvian Pepper (Schinus molle) is a member of the Anacardiaceae family, including other plants such as cashews and poison ivy. The fast-growing, evergreen tree is native to South America, specifically to the Andean regions of Peru, Chile, and Argentina, but has been introduced to other parts of the world, including North America, Europe, and Australia, where it is often grown as an ornamental plant. It is also known as Californian Peppertree.
You can identify the Peruvian pepper by its oval-shaped, feathery, and compound leaves, with up to 19 leaflets. The bark is light gray to brown and can be smooth or slightly scaly.