prickly-ash - Rutaceae Zanthoxylum americanum

Foliage

prickly-ash Foliage

Twig

prickly-ash Twig

Taxonomy

FamilyRutaceae
GenusZanthoxylum
Speciesamericanum
Common Nameprickly-ash
iTree CodeZAAM

Plant Form

FormShrub or Tree: small spreading shrub, rarely single stemmed tree
Height10 feet
Spread20 feet
DeciduousYes

Identification Description

Foliageleaflets alternate arrangement, 7 -13 leaflets, oval, dark greenLeaf Type Information IconCompound - Pinnate
Needles0
Barkgray/brown with some thorns, mostly smooth on older bark
Budsmall dark red, irregular shapeBud Arrangement Information IconAlternate
Twigred/brown with small thorns, gray/brown in older branches
Flower
Fruitred pod in clusters, 2-3" long
Fall Color

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min6aMin6.0SoilUnknown
Max4bMax7.0SprayUnknown

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
TolerantHighUnknown

Species Status

Nebraska NativeYes Check
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginNorth America
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