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"
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
Uses: Butterflies, birds, wildlife, fragrance
USDA Plant Profile