Capsicum pubescens
“Tree Pepper”Capsicum pubescens “Rocoto” “Tree Pepper”

Do you know about this LONG-LIVED PERENNIAL “Tree-Pepper”? HOT, flavorful, apple-sized fruits are thick fleshed – like a bell pepper – with unusual black seeds. Grown in Bolivia & Peru for over 5,000 years, this non hybrid species grows into a 6’ x 6’ leafy bush that handily lives over in mild Winter areas. Protect below 30 F. Cut back by half in Spring. Best in a large container during first year. Have a tomato cage ready to support the branches & the fruit. It prefers some shade to full sun, & while fairly hardy, it will get damaged by hard frost. Topdress with compost annually. We were fortunate to receive peppers from Joe Carrasco, all grown from seed he brought back to California from Bolivia.

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Sun/Pt. Shade
Avg. Water
USDA Zones 9-11