Tasmanian Mountain Pepper
A lovely and valuable Australian native that grows about 8 feet tall and features glossy evergreen leaves with gorgeous bright red stems. An absolutely gorgeous ornamental, the Tasmanian Mountain Pepper also produces delicious peppery berries that can add some unique pizzaz to your culinary creations. We were first turned on to this plant by some chefs in the area and decided we must grow this edible and ornamental beauty from down under! This Mountain Pepper is somewhat drought tolerant once established but benefits from some summer water.
Latin Name: Drimys lanceolata
Site and Soil: Sun to part shade.
Pollination Requirements: Though reportedly dioecious our clone is self fertile
Hardiness: Likely hardy to at least 0F.
Bearing Age: 2-4 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: typically 6-8 ft. in height
Bloom Time: April-May
Ripening Time: June-July
Yield: 20+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: No diseases seen so far on this plant
USDA Zone: 7