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Colima, Lime Prickly Ash, Wild Lime, Una de Gato, Corriosa
Zanthoxylum fagara


Colima is a rounded shrub bearing recurved thorns and red shiny fruit that contrasts well with its bright green leaflets in mid, to late summer. It is common in the brush of the Rio Grande Plains and near the coast, north to Jackson and Matagorda counties, where it thrives in hot, dry locations. An important wildlife plant, colima is a food source for white tailed deer, many birds, butterfly larvae and butterflies, who sip the nectar from its inconspicuous flowers. Its bark and bitter-tasting aromatic leaves are powdered and used as a condiment, while its wood produces a yellow dye. The flowers, leaves and fruit have an aroma of citrus. It is cold hardy to San Antonio.

Plant Habit or Use: medium shrub
large shrub
small tree

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: yellowish green

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: 1-seeded red capsule

Height: 5 to 20 feet

Width: 3 to 12 feet

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

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