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Spice Bush - Lindera benzoin


- A medium, deciduous shrub named for its spicy fragrant leaves and stems

- Blooms early spring with small yellow flowers mature in axillary clusters

- Bright red fruit ripens July - October, a favorite of birds/wildlife

- Dioecious, needing male and female specimens to reproduce

- Host plant for Spicebush Swallowtail


Lindera benzoin, or Spicebush, is an attractive shrub native to the Eastern United States. Spicebush grows up to 12 feet tall and prefers a location with part shade and average moisture. Fragrant yellow flowers bloom in early spring before foliage appears. Small red berries appear in fall on female plants. Foliage has a spicy, sweet scent when crushed and can be used for tea. Spicebush is the larval host plant for the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly.


Spice Bush - Lindera benzoin

  • Zone: 4-9

    Spread: 6-12 ft.

    Height: 6-12 ft.

    Sun: Partial shade

    Water: Average

    Attracts: Birds, Butterflies

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