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Spice Bush

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Latin Name- Lindera Benzoin Hardy Planting Zone- 4-9 Mature Height- 6-15 ft Width- 5-10 ft Sun or Shade- Partial Shade
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Spice Bush - Lindera benzoin

Spice Bush - Lindera benzoin

The spicebush is a type of shrub related to laurels, identified by its bright yellow flowers, edible red berries, and smooth, dark green leaves. This bush takes its name from the aroma its leaves give off when crushed, being somewhat of a spicy citrus scent. In contrast, its berries smell more akin to oil. These plants can be found all across the eastern edge of North America as far south as Texas all the way to Ontario. It prefers moist woodland areas to grow, though it is somewhat adaptable to drier climates. While it grows best in full sun, it is tolerable of partially shady conditions, making it extremely adaptable in where it can be planted.

Spicebushes are best grown from seeds, as their root systems are quite complex and are not easily transplanted from place to place. As such, it will require a few feet of space in moist soil to reach its mature height of up to twelve feet without problems. The plant will grow a foot or more per year and reach its full height in six or fewer years on average. Spicebushes are a great accessory to the edges of yards, as their flowers bloom in early spring each year. Parts of the plant can also be used in making tea, with the berries and flowers attracting birds and butterflies.

Make sure to plant the spicebush close to a walkway where passers-by can brush against the leaves and enjoy the fragrance that gives the plant its name. Every part of this shrub has a beautiful aroma, from the leaves to the flowers to the bark. It’s found naturally along streams and in wet woods in eastern North America. It is a dioecious plant, which means that it’s either male or female. If the gardener wants the shrub to produce its red, olive-shaped fruit, it needs to plant male and female plants together. The spicebush blooms from March to May and has fragrant green-yellow flowers all along its branches. Somewhat unusually, the male flowers are more significant and showier than the female flowers.