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Spicebush

Spicebush

Lindera benzoin

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

Height: 4 to 9'

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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Description

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. 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.

*Note: Our selection of Spicebush is a mixed lot of male and female plants. We cannot guarantee which you will receive.


 

Additional information

Height

4 to 9'

Container Size

1 Gallon, 2 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

Shipping Information

We now ship from two locations!

Maryland – Our nursery in Maryland is perfectly located to serve the Eastern United States within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Maryland location if you live east of Ohio.

Illinois – Our nursery in Illinois is perfectly located to serve the Midwestern United states within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Illinois location if you live west of West Virginia.

Please Note: If you live between the two facilities, you can change the Ship From location on the Cart page to see which will give you better shipping rates.

Not all plants are offered at both locations. You can find more information on our products and packaging on the Shipping Information page.