Toothache Tree Details

Toothache Tree

  • Also Known As: Pricky Ash, Hercules Club
  • Botanical Name: Zanthoxylum clava-herculis
  • Plant Type: Ornamental Tree
  • Light Requirement: Partial Shade, Full Sun
  • Water Demand: Low
  • Landscape Use: Screen - Physical (e.g., barriers)
  • Ornamental Value:
  • Native/Adapted: Native
  • Wildlife Value: Birds, Butterflies
  • Season: Spring
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
  • Plant Form: Rounded, Upright
  • Plant Spread: 15'
  • Plant Height: 20'


The greenish flowers are small and bloom in the spring. The reddish brown fruit is eaten by a number of bird species. One of the best larval food sources for Giant Swallowtail butterflies. Light gray bark with knobby protuberances. Leaves and bark can be used to calm a toothache.

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