Hercules' Club
Zanthoxylum clava-herculis

Family Rutaceae
Genus Zanthoxylum
Specific Epithet clava-herculis
Arboretum Collection LT,ST
Lifecycle
Fall Color yellow
Size to 12 m in height
Bloom Time early summer
Flower yellow to green in small terminal clusters
Bark twigs spiny, becoming conical to pyramidal on older trunks
Leaf Size 7 to 9" long, each leaflet 3 to 4" long x 2 to 2 1/2" wide
Leaf Margin
Leaf Arrangement Alternate
Leaf Type Compound
Description Usually a small tree, but can reach 60 cm DBH. Unusual bark texture. chewing of leaves produces a numbing sensation in the mouth, giving rise to the common name toothache tree.
Cultural Requirements Coastal Plain endemic, sound in coastal dunes, maritime hammocks, and inland sand hills. Adaptable to various soil conditions and light levels in central AL.
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Spines on emerging leaves

Spines on emerging leaves

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Leaves turning in Fall

Leaves turning in Fall

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Multi-trunk

Multi-trunk

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Trunk of Hercules' club

Trunk of Hercules' club

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