- Latin Name- Lindera Benzoin Hardy Planting Zone- 4-9 Mature Height- 6-15 ft Width- 5-10 ft Sun or Shade- Partial Shade
Spice Bush Live Stakes - Lindera benzoin
The spicebush is a deciduous shrub tree native to the eastern United States. It boasts a delightful combination of not only showy flowers and brilliant fall leaves, but the name itself gives away its tasty secret. The twigs and leaves can be used to make a delicious tea, and the berries can be dried and ground as an allspice substitute. It’s tough to beat a tree that’s both beautiful and functional. Mature spice bushes bloom in March, before the leaves come in, producing clusters of dainty, fragrant yellow-green flowers. These tiny little delights cling tightly to the tree’s twigs, giving the plant a delicate, almost Forsythia-like appearance. The buds on female bushes are eventually replaced by bright red fruits (drupes) which attract birds looking for a snack. Lindera benzoin foliage is comprised of attractive light green leaves up to five inches long, which transform into a vibrant yellow as fall moves in. Adorable spicebush swallowtail butterfly caterpillars love to feed on the leaves of this shrub. Spicebush live stakes grow at a reasonably slow rate, gaining up to a foot or more per season in ideal growing conditions. This tree is versatile and tolerant, growing well in average, well-draining soil as well as clay. Landscaping applications include borders, woodlands, shade gardens, and moist areas near ponds or creeks. Spicebush live stakes are taken from woody tree cuttings, making them extremely stable for shipping so that they arrive in excellent condition and ready for planting.