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How to Grow Zanthoxylum americanum Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing rickly Ash

Prickly ash

zanthoxylum americanum photograph by Manuel.


Zanthoxylum americanum Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Zanthoxylum americanum
  • Common Name: Prickly ash
  • Growing Zone: USA: 3 to 07
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Tree

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 180 to 300
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 180 to 300
  • Time of Bloom: Summer
  • Flower Details: Green, Yellow
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Rounded

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Medium paced
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Alkaline, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Medium
  • Propagation: root suckers
  • How to Prune:
  • Pests: No serious problems, can be infesticated by swallowtail butterfly caterpillars
  • Diseases: No serious problems

Further Information

  • Can Attract: Birds, Butterflies
  • Tolerant of: Drought
  • Best Garden Use: Border, En masse
  • Family:
  • Closely Related Species:
  • Miscellaneous: North American native, Attracts butterflies, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms, Periodic blooms
  • Genus Detail: Zanthoxylum
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here
  • Family: Rutaceae - The Citrus and Rue Family
  • Closely Related Species: Southern Prickly Ash; Wild Lime; and Flatspine Prickly Ash