(Zanthoxylum nitidum)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Zanthoxylum nitidum
Rutaceae

The plant is used as an insecticide, it is also toxic to fish[218].

  • Medicinal Use

    The root is anodyne, antiphlogistic, carminative, depurative[147, 218].

    The plant is analgesic and antirheumatic[218].

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

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    Plants are slightly toxic[147].

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].
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors at least in the milder areas of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a good deep well-drained moisture retentive soil in full sun or semi-shade[1, 11, 200]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required. Flowers are formed on the old wood[206].
E. Asia – China.

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