This Brazilian pepper tree is the center of my backyard. On a gloomy, rainy, windy day like today, the pepper tree sways with the beauty of a ballet dancer with the small glossy leaves twirling on the branches. It is a beautiful tree. It grows easily and survives the roasting heat and the occasional Florida freezes. Unfortunately, that is what makes this tree evil. It is not ingeniousness to Florida, and it overtakes everything in your yard if you let it. Vines from its roots show up in my front yard. I know it is going to cause problems with our pipes at some point. My husband begs me to let him chop it down, but I just can't. It is too beautiful no matter how dangerous it is.