Zanthoxylum fagara

Wild-lime, Colina, Lime Pricklyash

Rutaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Tree
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow,green,NA
Fruit Color:Brown,black
Phenology:Evergreen
Noted for:Aroma, Fragrance, Interesting foliage, Thorns

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Hedge, buffer or screen plant where its thorns will be an asset. Foliage is aromatic.
Considerations:Thorns.
Propagation:Seed.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:

Ecology

Wildlife:
  

  • Larval host for Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) and Schaus' Swallowtail (Heraclides aristodemus)in southern Florida.
  • Provides wildlife cover.
  • Fruit is used by birds and other wildlife.

Insects:
  
Native Habitats:Hammocks. Scrub.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

Ethnobotany:Fruit is edible, but is also a numbing agent. Powdered bark, leaves or fruit can be used as a spice. Wood is used for making furniture.
General Comments:Fragrant flowers and crushed foliage smells like limes. Dioecious: male and female flowers are on separate plants.