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Zanthoxylum bungeanum - Sechuan Pepper, Sichuan Pepper, Nepalese Pepper

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  • Several species are called Sechuan Pepper / Sichuan Pepper, as many are used as a herb according to their distribution zone. Zanthoxylum bungeanum is a medium sized fruit shrub, easy to grow, drought tolerant and not fussy to soil conditions. Seeds of this plant are used as a pepper substitute in the Far East, but the edible fruits, leaves, even its bark are used as a condiment. An unusually thorny shrub with composed leaves and numerous small, red fruits that show a black shiny seed when opening in the Autumn. The foliage turns a spectacular orange and yellow during the Autumn. Its spines don't die but grow with the plant, becoming a showy feature on the trunk of older plants (with a 4-5cm long base). It usually fruits on its own, even male plants, but cross pollination helps. It is suitable for smaller gardens, by a wall or in a border but also good for the patio if grown in a container. This plant also makes a good bonsai.

  • 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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