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Seasonal observations of the UCCE Master Gardeners
by Launa Herrmann
on November 2, 2019 at 7:04 PM
Enjoyed your article. I learned something. What a gorgeous old tree!  
In a prior life in a former house on country property, my husband and I planted pepper trees but they succumbed to an infestation. I wasn't an MG then, so didn't know where to look for info to identify the culprit.
by Kristen Olafson
on January 5, 2023 at 4:43 PM
Any luck growing California native plants under your tree? I have two large peppers on my San Diego property that are at least 50 years old. One tree has nothing growing under it while the other has a variety of non-native succulents, including jade plant. I have tried several shade-tolerant sages as well as big berry Manzanita; no luck. Any suggestions welcome.
by Stan Zervas
on January 20, 2023 at 8:41 AM
Hi Kristen,  
I have not planted natives under the tree yet, but I'm hoping to try some. All I can say is that of the non-natives that I have planted the ones that are supposed to be vigorous or even invasive have grown moderately. My guess is that competition from the tree is significant, so try something tough and fast growing.
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