The Spicebush, Lindera benzoin, is a native deciduous shrub with a broad, rounded habit which typically grows 6-12' high. It is used for shrub borders, shade or woodland gardens, moist areas along streams or ponds, native plant gardens or naturalized plantings.
Clusters of tiny, aromatic, greenish-yellow flowers bloom along the branches in early spring before the foliage emerges. Thick, oblong, light green leaves (to 5" long) turn an attractive yellow in autumn. Leaves are aromatic when crushed.
Flowers of female plants give way to bright red drupes (to 1/2" long) which mature in fall and are attractive to birds. Female plants need a male pollinator in order to set fruit, however. Drupes are very attractive, but are largely hidden by the foliage until the leaves drop.
They are easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Fall color is best in sunny areas and the habit becomes more open and wide-spreading in full shade
The caterpillar of the swallowtail butterfly feeds on the leaves of this shrub.
* Fall Color
* Red Fruit
* Full Sun to Shade
|Botanical Name||Lindera benzoin|
|Zones||5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Mature Height||6 - 10 feet|
|Mature Spread||6 - 10 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|