J – Spicebush


Lindera benzoin

Native Species: Aromatic lemony foliage, yellow fall color and pest tolerance makes this plant perfect for the shrub border. Spicebush has a dense rounded growth habit in full sun, a more open growth habit in shade and prefers moist, well-drained soil. Male plants bear small clusters of yellow flowers in May and has smooth light green leaves in the summer which turn bright yellow in the fall. Female plants bear spicy yellow-to-red fruits that are something of a delicacy, as not many shrubs set fruit. Pest tolerant, attracts birds and butterflies, serves as host plant for Swallowtail butterfly larva. Rabbits and deer browse on leaves and twigs.This plant is thought of as the “forsythia of the wilds” because its early spring flowering gives a subtle yellow tinge to many lowland woods where it is common. A tea can be made from the aromatic leaves and twigs.





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18″ Bare root / 3 per packet

Mature Height / Spread: 6-12′

Sun: Full Sun to Shade
Soils: Prefers moist soils, tolerates occasionally wet soil and will grow in well-drained loamy, sandy or clay soils .
Bloom Time: March
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Hedge, rain garden, butterfly garden
Leaf: Fragrant, good fall color
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Tolerates: Deer, Drought, Heavy Shade, Clay Soil


Additional information


Type: Large multi-stemmed shrub
Mature Height: 10' – 18'
Mature Spread: 8 – 15’
Growth Rate: Medium growth rate.
Sun: Deep Shade to Full Sun