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Sechuan Pepper collection: Z bungeanum, Z acanthopodium, Z giraldii, Z piperitum


  • The eye catching Sechuan Pepper collection contains one of each plant in an 8cm pot.

  • Zanthoxylum bungeanum - Large Fruited Sechuan Pepper Tree (10-12cm tall)

    A medium sized 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 also the fruits and leaves, even its bark is 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). Somewhat dioecious, therefore you need male and female plant for viable seeds, but most plants will fruit even if the seeds are not viable, not an issue as you use the seed pods for pepper. 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.

     

    Zanthoxylum acanthopodium - Lemon Pepper (20-25cm tall)

    A rarely offered Zanthoxylum species that is native in SW Asia. It has thorny leaves and fruits with a strong lemony scent, therefore when used as a pepper substitute, like its relative, the Sechuan Pepper, it gives a lemonier flavour. The Lemon Pepper is a very quirky looking, thorny shrub with slightly hairy, composite, soft leaves. The trunk on older plants are covered in thorns which do not drop off but grow with the plant, becoming a showy feature.
    Almost with no peduncle, the many small, red fruits sit tight on the branches, making the plant look incredibly ornamental in Autumn. It makes an excellent patio plant, where on hot summer days its lemony scent can be greatly appreciated. Suitable for smaller gardens, by a wall or in a border.

     

    Zanthoxylum giraldii - Sechuan Pepper (10-15cm tall)

    A smaller fruited version, however, it fruits abundantly and mostly on its own. Not too vigorous with a maximum height of 2m or so, well branched in 15 years. It has aromatic foliage and fruits bringing a wonderful scent to your garden. The dried seedpods are known to be used as Sechuan Pepper. The deciduous tree can be grown in a pot.

     

    Zanthoxylum piperitum - Japanese Pepper Tree (10-15cm tall)

    Seeds of this plant are used as a pepper substitute in the Far East but also the fruits and 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.  A medium sized shrub, easy to grow, drought tolerant and not fussy to soil conditions. The foliage turns a spectacular orange and yellow during the Autumn. It is dioecious in theory but we found that most plants will fruit on their own. The Japanese Pepper Tree is suitable for smaller gardens, by a wall or in a border, but also good for the patio if grown in a container. It also makes a good bonsai.




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