Northern Spice Bush

Lindera benzoin

Aromatic light green leaves turn yellow-gold in fall. Male plants produce showy pale yellow flowers in early spring. Female plants may produce brilliant red fruit in early fall if planted near a male plant. Useful in shrub borders or woodland gardens, moist areas along streams or ponds, shaded native or naturalized plantings.
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Filtered sun, Full shade, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationlin-DEER-ruh ben-ZOH-in
LoreThe foliage of Northern Spice Bush serves as the preferred food for the black and blue spicebush swallowtail butterfly larvae.
Average Size at MaturityReaches 6-12 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeHighly fragrant yellow flowers in spring.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorLight Green
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Edible, North American Native Selection, Shade Loving, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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