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Zanthoxylum simulans

Zanthoxylum simulans

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(Szechuan Pepper) A large hardy shrub native to China and Japan which has prickly stems and fine, pinnate leaves which turn lovely shades of creamy yellow in autumn.

Pruned to 60 - 80 cm tall to promote a branching, multi-stemmed habit once established. Not for instant gratification.

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A large hardy shrub, Zanthoxylum simulans has prickly stems and fine, pinnate leaves which turn lovely shades of creamy yellow in autumn. In late summer it bears good crops of small deep pink fruits. Native to eastern China and Taiwan.

Zanthoxylum simulans is a handsome plant and very drought tolerant, good in dry soils.


  • Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
  • Soil: Well drained soil. Enjoys dry soil conditions.
  • Hardiness: Hardy. Zanthoxylum simulans enjoys shelter from cold winter winds.
  • Rate of Growth: Slow until established then moderate.
  • Habit: Zanthoxylum simulans  grows to be a vase shaped medium sized shrub in the short term, eventually a very small branching tree.
    • Height: 3 - 4 m (10 - 13 ft) / or up to 2.5 m (8 ft) after 10 years
    • Spread: 2.5 - 3 m (8 - 10 ft) / or up to 2 m (6 ft) after 10 years.
How Much Sun
Full Sun, Light Shade
Eventual Size
Shrub - Large (3m+), Tree - Small (4m - 8m)
Growing Conditions
Soil: Dry/Sandy, Soil: Not Fussy
Special Features
Autumn Colour, Fruit - Ornamental, Rare and Unusual

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