Lindera benzoin


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Key Features

4 to 9'

Container Size

1 Gallon, 2 Gallon, 3 Gallon

Bloom Time

March, April

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture


Soil Type

Average, well-drained soil.

Hardiness Zone

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Light Requirements

Part shade, Part Sun, Full sun

  • Description

    Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) is an easily grown, broad rounded shrub. It grows best in moist areas, bottomlands, woods, and ravines. Small green-yellow flowers appear in early spring before its foliage emerges. Berries of the female plant* have a flavor resembling allspice and were used historically as a seasoning. Tea was also made from its leaves and twigs. The fragrance of the leaves is a light, citrus scent that can be detected throughout the landscape. Spicebush would make a great specimen plant near the house for its scent and bright yellow fall color. This is the host plant to the elegant Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly (pictured above in both of its forms). Its caterpillar is one of the most unique out there, almost resembling a snake. It has large realistic “false eyespots”, complete with a false reflection, to ward off predators. Spicebush tolerates deer, drought, heavy shade, and clay.

    *Note: Our selection of Spicebush is a mixed lot of male and female plants. We cannot guarantee which you will receive.

  • Shipping Information

    We ship from two locations:

    • Maryland – Our nursery in Maryland is perfectly located to serve the Eastern United States within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Maryland location if you live east of Ohio.

    • Illinois – Our nursery in Illinois is perfectly located to serve the Midwestern United states within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Illinois location if you live west of West Virginia.

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