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

Shrub

Soil type

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

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Spring

Urban environment

Yards that Flood

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk

Growth rate

Moderate

Flower color

Yellow

Fall color

Yellow

Size

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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