Winged Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum planispinum)

Shrub
Z. alatum planispinum. Z. alatum subtrifoliatum.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Winged Prickly Ash
Zanthoxylum planispinum
Rutaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The seeds and roots are stomachic and vermifuge[46, 61, 147]. A decoction of 7 – 14 seeds is used in the treatment of abscesses, arthritis, bruises, gastritis, swellings etc[218].

    The resin contained in the bark, and especially in that of the roots, is powerfully stimulant and tonic[82].

  • Edible Use

    Seed – cooked. It can be ground into a powder and used as a condiment[183], a pepper substitute[2, 46, 177]. A light roasting brings out more of the flavour[206]. The seed is an ingredient of the famous Chinese ‘five spice’ mixture[206]. The peel is also used[105].

    Young leaves are eaten[105, 177, 183]. No further details are given.

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe in the autumn. Stored seed may requires up to 3 months cold stratification, though scarification may also help[113]. Sow stored seed in a cold frame as early in the year as possible. Germination should take place in late spring, though it might take another 12 months. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in early summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Root cuttings, 3cm long, planted horizontally in pots in a greenhouse. Good percentage[78]. Suckers, removed in late winter and planted into their permanent positions[113].
Prefers a good deep well-drained moisture retentive soil in full sun or semi-shade[1, 11, 200]. A very ornamental plant[1], it is usually hardy in most parts of Britain but can be damaged in severe winters[11]. Fruits are freely produced after a hot summer[11]. The flowers are formed on the old wood[206]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
E. Asia – China, Japan, Korea.

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