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Zanthoxylum americanum - Prickly Ash, Toothache Tree

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  • Zanthoxylum americanum (Toothache Tree) is an easy-to-grow, drought tolerant, ornamental fruit shrub. It produces small, black fruits that have black seeds. If dried, the seed pods can be used as a condiment which is stronger and more pungent than black pepper! They are very aromatic, sharp tasting and have a numbing effect. The reason behind its common name is that the Indians used to chew on the fruit to relieve toothache. It can be planted into the ground, or into a large pot - keeping it on the patio; also suitable for bonsai. An unusual, hardy ornamental and spice. It is suitable for smaller gardens, by a wall or in a border, but also good for the patio if grown in a container. With its spines, it looks exotic in any garden, especially if planted alone but it is also great in borders too with other drought tolerant shrubs.

  • We have excellent quality, 40-60cm tall plants on offer.
  • The intended main use of this plant is to grow food for human consumption. We always recommend further research to learn the different ways in which the food source can be prepared and consumed.


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