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Zanthoxylum simulans


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Zanthoxylum simulans, the Sichuan pepper, produces brownish red fruits that are used in Sichuan cuisine having a spicy, numbing effect.


Description:
Zanthoxylum simulans, the Sichuan pepper, is a deciduous, aromatic, spiny shrub or small tree with small, yellowish green flowers and brownish red fruits that are used in Sichuan cuisine. The peppercorns impart a strange spiciness that actually numbs the tongue -- a strange and intriguing sensation kind of like crossing a habanero pepper with a trip to the dentist. It's cool. Really! Plants are partially self-fertile but will produce more fruit when two different plants are present.


Common Name: Sichuan Pepper

Family: Rutaceae (The Citrus Family)

Zone Hardiness: 5-9

Light: Full Sun

Height: 15-25'

Width: 8-10'

Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Secondary Bloom Colour: Green

Class: Deciduous

Type: Shrub

Bloom Time: Spring - Summer

Soil Moisture: Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes

Berries: Yes

Berries: Burgundy

Benefits: Bees

Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Plains and upland forests.

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

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