Introduced to the United States from South America as a garden ornamental and source of spice, and now found from Florida west to Texas, possibly common and invasive in some areas. It now can be found in disturbed areas and waste sites, older fields, and even in native areas where it competes with native plants.
A perennial shrub or small tree that reproduces from seeds. The plant is related to poison ivy and is presumed to have toxic properties to some people.
Mature trees grow to 25 feet or higher, with extensive branching and dense foliage. Leaves are large and shiny dark green, divided into 7 large, oval leaflets. Clusters of inconspicuous white flowers grow on stalks that arise from the leaf axils, and mature to showy clusters of bright red berries.
Characteristicts Important to Control:
Trees would need to be physically removed and the remaining stump treated with a registered product. Protective clothing should be worn while handling or removing these plants due to the potential of skin sensitivities to the plants oils and juices.