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Lindera benzoin

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There’s no doubt that spring has arrived when the woodlands are filled with the soft yellow haze of spicebush (Lindera benzoin) in bloom.  This multi-stemmed, irregularly rounded understory shrub reaches 6-12’ tall with foliage and stems that are aromatic when bruised. After blooming, spicebush fades into the woodland and comes to the forefront again in fall with dazzling yellow foliage. Female plants produce showy red fruit. Spicebush does best in partial shade, but will tolerate full sun with adequately moist soil. It is best used when naturalized in the woodland garden with companions such as Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica), bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium), and American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana). Zones 4-9. 

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