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.