Zanthoxylum clava-herculis

Hercules-club

Rutaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Tree
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Yellow
Phenology:Deciduous
Noted for:Interesting bark, Showy flowers, Interesting foliage, Thorns

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Specimen tree.
Considerations:Quite thorny.
Propagation:Seed.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of frequent or regular inundation (usually areas with tidal inundation)
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH:

Ecology

Wildlife:
  

Larval host for Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes). Birds and other wildlife eat the fruit.

Insects:
  
Native Habitats:Hammocks, wet woods, dunes, shell middens.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

Ethnobotany:The bitter aromatic bark was used for toothaches.