Tasmannia lanceolata
Common name: 
Mountain Pepper
Pepper Tree
Tasmanian Pepperberry
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Drimys lanceolata
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf, evergreen shrub or tree, to 6-30 ft (2-10 m) tall, in the landscape a shrub, 8-12 ft (2.5-3.5 m) and 4-8 ft wide (1.2-2.5 m).  Compact rounded growth habit.  Stems are bright red to purple-red in color.  Leaf arrangement variable, alternate then more sub-opposite or opposite towards the ends of branches.  The leaves are aromatic, simple, 4-12 cm long and 0.7-2.0 cm wide, lanceoate to narrow-elliptic, dark green with a pale underside.  Male and female flowers are on separate plants, both in small terminal custers.  Male flowers are pale brown to flesh colored and have 20-25 stamens.  The small female flowers have 3-8 petals that are yellow-cream or white; they appear in late winter, spring or early summer (depending on the climate) and are followed by red and finally black, globose, berries 5–8 mm wide.
  • Sun to part shade, prefers moist, well-drained soil, can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 7     Native to southeastern Australia, from Tasmania northwards through Victoria and into New South Wales.
  • Understorey plants of open forests or temperate rainforests.
  • Mountain Pepper:  A “bushfood” native pepper sold in Australia, it is produced from the dried leaves and berries of this plant.  The ‘pepper’ taste is derived from the compound polygodial, a C15 sesquiterpene.

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