Zanthoxylum americanum - Prickly ash
Zanthoxylum americanum - Prickly ash

Zanthoxylum americanum - Prickly ash

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An aromatic shrub or small tree native to central and eastern parts of the United States, prickly ash is a shrub that grows best in average, medium, well-drained soils but also tolerates poor soils.

Commonly called "toothache tree", Native Americans chewed the bark or fruits, which produced a numbing effect, for relief from toothache pain.  Attractive to bees.

Height: 15-20 ft

Sun: Full to part shade

Water: Medium

Bloom color: Yellow-ish green

Bloom time: April