Spicebush is a spectacular shrub throughout the seasons, but we admire it most in the fall because it is a shrub with phenomenal fall color--a bright yellow.
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
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Did you know?
- Early land surveyors and settlers used this shrub as an indicator species for good agricultural land
- Native Americans used parts of it to treat colds and typhoid fevers
- The shrub is called Spicebush because when the twigs, fruit, leaves, or flowers are rubbed, they smell spicy
- Common Spicebush
- The Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly relies on this shrub as it's host plant
- Birds eat the fruit
- White-tailed deer will feed on the twigs and leaves
- 8-12' tall, with a crown width of 8-12'
- Full sun to partial shade
- Moist, well-drained soil
Select Identification Characteristics:
- Leaf Type: Simple
- Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
- Bud Arrangement: Alternate
- Terminal Bud: Single