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Zanthoxylum clava-herculis

 
Zanthoxylum clava-herculis
Hercules club; southern prickly ash
Zanthoxylum clava-herculis

Common name Hercules club; southern prickly ash
Family rutaceae
Life cycle tree (Z7b-9)
Flowers inconspicuous, yellow-green (early spring)
Size 30-40'
Light sun
Cultural notes drought tolerant

Large shrub or small tree in the citrus family, native to the southeastern United States. Young branches are thorny, while on older trees the trunk develops warty projections that give the tree its common name. The species is dioecious; we don't yet know if ours is a boy or a girl. Larval host to the giant swallowtail butterfly.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: left fence border

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