Lindera benzoin

Featured Plant Category: Edible Native Plants, Pollinator Plants, Rain Gardens, Shade Tolerant

Height: 4 to 9'

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Bloom Time: March to April

Bloom Color: Yellow

Soil Moisture: Medium

Soil Type: Average, well-drained soil.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 4,5,6,7,8,9

Other Names: northern spicebush, wild allspice, benjamin bush

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Spicebush is an easily grown, broad rounded shrub. Grows best in moist areas, bottomlands, woods, and ravines. Small green-yellow flowers appear in early spring, before its foliage emerges. Spicebush is dioecious, meaning male and female flowers appear on separate plants. Berries of the female plant have a flavor resembling allspice, which was used historically as a seasoning. Tea was also made from its leaves and twigs. The fragrance of the leaves is a light, citrus scent that can be smelled throughout the landscape. Spicebush would make a great specimen plant near the house for its scent, and bright yellow fall color. This is the host plant to the elegant Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly (pictured above in both of its forms). Its caterpillar is one of the most unique out there, almost resembling a snake. It has large realistic “false eyespots”, complete with a false reflection, to ward off predators. Tolerates deer, drought, heavy shade, and clay.


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4 to 9'

Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time

March to April

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture


Soil Type

Average, well-drained soil.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

northern spicebush, wild allspice, benjamin bush

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Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: These boxes can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

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