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Lindera benzoin

Native shrub, growing mostly 5 - 15 ft. tall, sometimes a small tree; reproducing asexually by root sprouting (most spicebush patches and thickets are probably clonal). Over 20 species of birds, as well as deer, rabbits, raccoons, and opossums have been recorded as browsing the leaves or eating the fruits.  Larval host plant for spicebush swallowtail, Promethea silkmoth, and Eastern tiger swallowtail butterflies.

Current Sale Size: 1 year old bare-root seedlings, 18-24"
Seedlings are unsexed. Recommended to have multiple, as it is necessary to have both female and male plants for fertilization and berries.

* Qualifies for Mix & Match Discount with other Shrubs, see Coupons on Shrub collection.

Transplant Establishment Difficulty: High
We do not guarantee plant survival. 

Shade Tolerance: Full to Shade

Moisture: Moist to Wet

Soils: Moist, sandy, well-drained soils. Caliche type, Limestone-based, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam

Height: 5-15 ft. tall

Bloom Time: Apr-May

Color: Yellow

Uses: Butterflies, birds, wildlife, fragrance

Spicebush is also available in the Spring Native Plant Sale. 

Wildflower.org Plant Profile
USDA Plant Profile