Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 8-12 ft
Flower Color: white
Fruit Color: purple,black
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits, thorns
Recommended Uses: Specimen plant or background hedge.
Considerations: When its huge triply compound leaves are shed in the fall, only the main thorny stem is left standing through the winter months--hence the name devil's walking stick. In the right situation, it can sucker aggressively.
Propagation: Seed, division.
Availability: FNPS plant sales
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: acidic to neutral
Attracts many pollinators. Birds and other wildlife consume the fruit. birds include nuthatches, orioles, chickadees, titmice, and warblers.
Native Habitats: The edges of dry hammocks and dry hardwood forests.
Distribution and Planting Zones
Map is based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in:
Ethnobotany: The aromatic spicy roots and fruit were used by early settlers in home remedies, including a cure for toothaches.