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.
|Fruit||Black fruits - edible|
|Soil type||COMING SOON|
|Rate of growth||Medium|
|Height and spread||COMING SOON|
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