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Zanthoxylum piperitum


Zanthoxylum piperitum, the Japanese pepper, is an aromatic, spiny shrub with small, yellowish green flowers and scarlet fruits used in Japanese and Korean cooking.

Zanthoxylum piperitum, the Japanese pepper, is a deciduous, aromatic, spiny shrub or small tree with small, yellowish green flowers and scarlet fruits. The dried fruits are ground and commonly used in Japanese and Korean cuisine. This species has separate male and female plants. Unfortunately, our plants are seed grown so we don't know their sex. Buy two and take your chances or buy more to increase your luck. The flowers of both males and females are also edible.

Common Name: Japanese Pepper, Sansho - [Citrus Pre-Order]

Family: Rutaceae (The Citrus Family)

Zone Hardiness: 6-10

Light: Full Sun

Height: 6-10'

Width: 3-5'

Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Secondary Bloom Colour: Green

Class: Deciduous

Type: Shrub

Bloom Time: Spring - Summer

Soil Moisture: Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes


Benefits: Bees

Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat:


Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

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