Plant Care Common Prickly Ash

Common Prickly Ash

Also known as

common prickly-ash, northern prickly-ash, toothache tree, yellow wood and suterberry


Zanthoxylum americanum

How to care for Common Prickly Ash


How often to water your Common Prickly Ash

Water needs for Common Prickly Ash
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Prickly Ash needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Miami, Florida.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Common Prickly Ash in Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

66% Medium

Finding light for Common Prickly Ash in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Common Prickly Ash: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Common Prickly Ash love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Common Prickly Ash does not tolerate low light 🚫.

Miami, Florida currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.


How to fertilize Common Prickly Ash

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Common Prickly Ash: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Common Prickly Ash after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Common Prickly Ash is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Common Prickly Ash

Common Prickly Ash

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Miami, Florida, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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