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Lindera benzoin

Native Plants

Spicebush

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Summary

There’s no doubt that spring has arrived when the woodlands are filled with the soft yellow haze of spicebush in bloom. Lindera benzoin is a multi-stemmed, irregularly rounded understory shrub that 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 adequate moist soils. It is best used when naturalized in the woodland garden with companions such as Mertensia virginica, Sanguinaria canadensis, Polystichum acrostichoides, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, and Callicarpa americana.


More Details

  • Plant Type
    shrub 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun, partial-shade, shade 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-spring
  • Soil PH
    acidic 
  • Flower Color
    yellow 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    red