Japanese/Korean Pepper Seed

Zanthoxylum piperitum

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Zanthoxylum piperitum

Japanese Pepper is a deciduous shrub or small tree. It has pinnate shiny leaves which colour brilliant yellow in autumn. Both the bark and leaves are aromatic and the younger leaves can be used as a flavouring in Korean cuisine. Fairly vicious spines develop on the branch and stem undersides. If both male and female shrubs are present, the green/yellow flowers in April and May will develop into scarlet berries containing black shiny seeds – these are the peppery bits. So it is a good idea to grow several shrubs together.

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Zanthoxylum piperitum

Common Name: Japanese/Korean Pepper

Native: Japan, Korea, China

Provenance: China

Size and Spread (10yrs): 1.5-2.5m

Treatment required: unless sowing in the autumn, needs a prechill 

Seed/kg: 57,708

Ideal Sowing Period: autumn, or anytime if using a prechill.

Soil Conditions: anything but not too dry

Planting Instructions: not shady north facing.

Mature Height: 1.5-2.5m

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5gm pack (approx 250 seeds), mini seed pack (approx 25 seeds)