Young Lindera benzoin (Spicebush) grown in 3-gallon pots in the summer.
Close-up of yellow Lindera benzoin (Spicebush) fall foliage.
Close-up of Lindera benzoin (Spicebush) yellow flowers.

Lindera benzoin (Spicebush) Unity Grown

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Northern Spicebush is a single- or few-stemmed, deciduous shrub, usually 6-15 ft. tall, with glossy leaves and graceful, slender, light green branches. Leaves alternate on the branchlets, up to 6 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide, upper surface dark green, lower surface lighter in color, obovate, tapering more gradually to the base than to the tip, tip somewhat extended margins without teeth or lobes. Dense clusters of tiny, pale yellow flowers bloom before the leaves from globose buds along the twigs. Flowers occur in umbel-like clusters and are followed by glossy red fruit. Both the fruit and foliage are aromatic. Leaves turn a colorful golden-yellow in fall.

In the North this plant is thought of as the “forsythia of the wilds” because its early spring flowering gives a subtle yellow tinge to many lowland woods where it is common. A tea can be made from the aromatic leaves and twigs.

(Courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center)

Native to Maryland, Native to U.S., Straight Species, and Native to Eastern Shore
Mature Plant Height: Very Tall: 73" and up
Deciduous
Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium
Soil Type: Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow and Green
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Fall Color, Fragrant, Fruit, Attracts Wildlife, and Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths
Tolerances: Black Walnut Tolerant, Deer Tolerant, Clay Soil Tolerant, Shade Tolerant, and Wet Soil Tolerant
Garden Type: Rain Garden, Wetland Restoration, and Woodland Garden

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