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Northern Spicebush
Lindera benzoin

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Extraordinarily multi-stemmed oval woody shrub surprises us with dense clusters of little fragrant honey-yellow flowers up & down the branches in the early spring before leaves come out (March through May), ½” green fruits develop & turn bright red in the fall just as the 5” oval blue-green leaves are turning bright yellow, the fruit disappears shortly after the leaves fall – they have a high fat content & are eagerly consumed by songbirds, leaves (& fruits & stems) have a lovely spiced aroma when crushed (the scent is rumored to have insect repellant properties!), great early season nectar source for bees & other insects, host plant for Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillars (Papilio troilus). This is a great understory shrub with all season interest – even the winter silhouette is attractive! Since they come in both male & female plants it’s best to get a couple to ensure you get a female for fruit set (our plants are not old enough to be sexed yet!). Place these in rich soil & take care to water them carefully the first season to help them establish.

Average To Moist
Sun To Shade
8-15’ tall (6-15' wide)
Plant Hardiness Zones: Zone 4a-9b
Woody Shrub

Native Range: Me to s ON, south to TX & FL. Rare in ME

Germination - Moderately Difficult: Cold stratify 16 weeks

Northern Spicebush - 6-12 inch tall in a 3.5 inch pot $14.50
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