(Zanthoxylum ailanthoides)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Zanthoxylum ailanthoides
Rutaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The resin contained in the bark, and especially in that of the roots, is antitussive, carminative, and powerfully stimulant[82, 178].

  • Edible Use

    Seed – cooked. A pungent flavour, it is used as a condiment[178]. A red pepper substitute[178]. The fruit is rather small but is produced in clusters which makes harvesting easy[K]. Each fruit contains a single seed.

    Young leaves[105]. No more 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 rather frost-tender species, it is not hardy in most of Britain[182, 200] but succeeds outdoors in the mildest areas of the country[1]. Flowers are formed on the old wood[206]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
E. Asia – S. China, Japan.

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