Joy Creek Nursery

986-001D4   Zanthoxylum piperitum     ( Japanese pepper )

Zanthoxylum piperitum
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Bushy in habit with graceful arching branches, Zanthoxylum piperitum forms an attractive mid-sized shrub. The species name "piperitum" refers to its small, berry-like fruits which turn from red to black as they age, looking very much like pepper-corns. These are crushed and sold as the spice "sansho" which is used in Japanese cuisine. The pinnate, feathery leaves are also aromatic and, when young, are used as a garnish in Japanese cooking. Beware of occasional "thorns" along the stems and branches.

Early summer.  8 ft. x 8 ft.

Yellow Green flowers

Sun, Part Shade     Zones 6, 7, 8, 9

20300 NW Watson Road  Scappoose, OR 97056
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