Pepper Trees

pepper tree leavesI could identify a lot of different trees as a child because we had so many varieties of fruit trees.  Easy to know their names.  But there was one tree that bore no edible fruit – and it was still my favorite.  The California Pepper Tree (Schinus molle).

backyard w pepper treesWe had two huge old pepper trees in the large chicken pens.  Their branches hung to the ground providing a fine play area and hiding place in the shade.  The big kids built tree houses in them which we younger folks eventually inherited – as soon as we could finally climb the thick branches.

We were mean to those trees – pounding nails into them to secure the boards or hang some trinket.  And the tree bled – a  thick, sticky white sap.  The smell of the sap and the leaves today takes me back 60 years to those tree forts.  Regrettably there are no photos of the structures but I can picture every detail in my mind.

Mom planted pepper trees along the driveway up to the house about 1950.  They are still there.
driveway pepper treespepper tree 5

In town, in Lindo Park there were big pepper trees in the 1950s – old then and some are still there.  Many times we played in those trees while the big boys played Little League.

Pepper trees, Lindo Park, Lakeside, California

Pepper trees, Lindo Park, Lakeside, California

Pepper trees are old, welcoming friends.

 

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2 thoughts on “Pepper Trees

  1. Donna~ I’m doing a blog tour tomorrow (from Sue Bahr) If you would be interested in being added let me know. You can see what is involved on her new page http://SueBahr.wordpress.com . Basically, when I post mine tomorrow, I will link back to her, answer 4 questions and then recommend 2-4 other blogs that I like for various reasons. It should generate some new follows for This I leave (and perhaps the others). You are welcome to delete this comment and just message me on my gmail if you would like. Let me know. Oh, and I did get a couple of shares on the photo..one based in Texas, one in NewYork and Pennsylvania, and one that is here in Indy 🙂
    Your part of the blog tour would not have to be prepared and up until next Wednesday the 6th of August.
    Kassie

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