Common Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: 15 to 20 feet
Plant Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Leaves: Fragrant
Other: Host for caterpillars of giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Green
Other: Green
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Culinary Herb
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Culinary Herb/Spice
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Pollinators: Flies
Miscellaneous: Dioecious

credit: A. Barra

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June 19, 2012

It started out as a usual morning as I hand watered the front garden; then I noticed what looked like bird droppings all over one of the lime trees.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Wall training trees by Overgrown_suncity Feb 24, 2018 10:25 AM 3
Common Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum americanum) by threegardeners Aug 19, 2015 7:10 PM 6
Hercules Club (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis); a thorny question by flaflwrgrl Mar 15, 2012 6:16 PM 6

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