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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
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
Ornamental Interest
Summer Fruit
Spring Bloom
Fall Foliage
Attracts Wildlife
Host Plant
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Attracts Songbirds
Attracts Bees
Tolerance
Salt Tolerant
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Additional Attributes
Edible
Low Maintenance
Fragrant
Dioecious (fruits only on female plants)


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