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Zanthoxylum americanum, the Common Prickly-ash, Common Pricklyash, Common Prickly Ash or Northern Prickly-ash (also sometimes called Toothache Tree, Yellow Wood, or Suterberry), is an aromatic shrub or small tree native to central and eastern portions of the United States and Canada. It is the northernmost New World species in the Citrus (Rutaceae) family. It can grow to tall with a diameter at breast height (DBH) of 15 cm (6 in). It produces membranous leaflets and axillary flower clusters. The wood is not commercially valuable, but oil extracts from the bark have been used in traditional and alternative medicine, and have been studied for antifungal and cytotoxic properties. The genus name is sometimes spelled Xanthoxylum.
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1. small deciduous aromatic shrub (or tree) having spiny branches and yellowish flowers; eastern North America
(synonym) toothache tree, sea ash, Zanthoxylum fraxineum
(hypernym) prickly ash
(member-holonym) Zanthoxylum, genus Zanthoxylum
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