Lindera benzoin

Common name: Spicebush

Native plant

Another very shade tolerant shrub found in mesic woods. The small yellow flower blooms in early April before the plant leafs out. Leaf and stem have a very aromatic lemon fragrance when crushed. Fall color is an unbelievable yellow. Fruit is 1/2 inch long and is a beautiful scarlet in the fall. The pioneers used the fruit as a spice, hence its name.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Moist Woods, Wetlands, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
6 Feet
Mature width
6 Feet
Max height
12 Feet
Max width
15 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot

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