Lindera benzoin, Spicebush

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This ornamental shrub, which is common throughout most of the Mid-Atlantic Region, produces small, fragrant yellow flowers that cluster at the nodes of bare stems before leaves appear in early spring. The Virginia Native Plant Society named Spicebush as Wildflower of the Year in 2006.

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Tags: Eleagnus umbellata – Autumn Olive, Ligustrum species – Privets, Lonicera species – Bush Honeysuckles, Rhamnus fangula – Tall Hedge Buckthorn, Hardiness: USDA Zones 4-9, Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade, Shade, High wildlife value; larval host of Eastern Tiger & Spicebush Swallowtails & Promethea silkmoth, Aromatic, herbal, therapeutic (berry/bark teas) uses, No serious pests or diseases, Deer seldom severely damage, deer resistant, Smooth, gray-brown bark speckled with lightcolored
lenticels attractive in winter, Clear, rich yellow foliage in autumn (turns brighter yellow with a little sun), Green drupes ripen to scarlet on female plants in summer; male plant needed nearby for fruit to set, Dioecious: separate male and female plants; plant sex may not be known for purchased plants, Oval, sea-green leaves, Deciduous shrub with broad, rounded habit