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Lindera benzoin

spicebush

The spicy, citrusy aroma of this versatile understory shrub is enchanting, and the leaves and twigs make a pleasant tea. Place at least one male plant among females for fruiting. Larval host plant for Swallowtail butterflies.

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Height: 6-12 ft
Spread: 6-12 ft
Hardiness Zone: 4-9


Bloom Color: Yellow

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Species
Exposure
Sun
Part Shade
Shade
Soil Moisture
Wet
Average
Ecoregion
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
Ornamental Interest
Spring Bloom
Summer Fruit
Fall Foliage
Attracts Wildlife
Host Plant
Attracts Bees
Attracts Songbirds
Tolerance
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Salt Tolerant
Additional Attributes
Fragrant
Dioecious (fruits only on female plants)
Low Maintenance
Edible


North American Distribution


spicebush - Lindera benzoin from Native Plant Trust
spicebush - Lindera benzoin from Native Plant Trust
spicebush - Lindera benzoin from Native Plant Trust
spicebush - Lindera benzoin from Native Plant Trust