20 May 2019

Flatspine Prickly Ash

Zanthoxylum simulans

This tree is a popular tour stop during autumn when the berries start to ripen and visitors can experience the distinctive and unique taste sensation these berries produce – sometimes with entertaining results!

The berries are said to cure a range of ailments such as abdominal pain and claim to have aphrodisiac powers.

The generic name is zanthos yellow, xylum wood.  It comes from Northern and Central China.  Most have spines or thorns on both young and old wood. As the spines age they lose the sharp end and become quite a feature.