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.
Other common names: Japanese Prickly Ash, Nepalese Pepper
Native to: North China, Japan and Korea
Family: Rutaeae (Citrus Family)
Habit (UK conditions): medium sized, rounded shrub
Growth rate: medium
Typical size in 10 years: 3m x 2m
Main value:Autumn coloration, fruits, spines
Flower colour: creamy (not significant)
Flowering period: May - June
Autumn coloration: shades of orange and yellow
Preferences: grows best in full sun, on any soil with god drainage (drought tolerant)
Hardiness: hardy to about -15C
|Flower||late Spring to early Summer|
|Soil type||COMING SOON|
|Rate of growth||medium|
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