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Spicebush - Northern Ridge Nursery

Northern Spicebush (18-24 Inches)

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🧬Scientific Name: Lindera benzoin

🗺️USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-9

Spicebush is a deciduous shrub that typically reaches a height of 6-12 feet (1.8-3.6 m) and a spread of 6-12 feet (1.8-3.6 m). The foliage of Spicebush is deciduous, with ovate to elliptic leaves that turn shades of yellow, orange, or red in the fall.

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Spicebush – Named for Sweet, Spicy Fragrance

Why Spicebush (Lindera Benzoin)?

Lindera benzoin, also known as spicebush, is a member of the laurel family and originates from the eastern region of North America. Within its native area, it may grow in the understory of damp, lush woodlands, particularly those with limestone. It has a colonial character and commonly reproduces via root sprouting, resulting in clumps or thickets. Many plants that belong to the genus Lindera have common names that include "spicebush," and they could have a similar appearance.

Due to its early spring blooming, it is sometimes called the "forsythia of the wilds" in the North. This is because the early spring flowering lends many lowland woodlands a slight yellow hue.

The female plants have a higher cost of reproduction than their male counterparts; however, in the wild areas, there is a tendency for more males than females in the group.

Early land surveyors relied on spicebush as a reliable source of fertile agricultural land due to the plant's propensity to thrive in dense woodlands. The leaves, buds, and twigs may also brew tea.

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Plant Summary

Key Information for Northern Spicebush (18-24 Inches) (Lindera benzoin):

  • 📏Size: Spicebush is a deciduous shrub that typically reaches a height of 6-12 feet (1.8-3.6 m) and a spread of 6-12 feet (1.8-3.6 m).
  • 🍂Foliage: The foliage of Spicebush is deciduous, with ovate to elliptic leaves that turn shades of yellow, orange, or red in the fall.
  • 🌼Flowers & Fruit: In early spring, Spicebush produces small, yellow flowers in clusters along the branches. The flowers are followed by bright red berries that ripen in the fall and persist into winter. Both the flowers and berries are attractive to pollinators and birds.
  • ↕️Growth Habit: Spicebush has a rounded, multi-stemmed growth habit with arching branches.
  • ☀️Sunlight: Spicebush thrives in full sun to partial shade and is adaptable to different light conditions.
  • 🪨Soil: Spicebush prefers moist, well-drained soil and is often found in woodland settings.
  • 🗺️Hardiness: Spicebush is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 9.
  • 🧪pH Level: Spicebush prefers a slightly acidic to neutral soil pH between 5.5 and 6.5.
  • 🌳Pruning: Pruning of Spicebush should be done in late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Remove any dead or diseased branches and prune to shape the plant as needed.
  • 🐛Pests & Disease: Spicebush is generally resistant to pests and diseases. Regular care can help maintain a healthy shrub.
Pollination Information

Pollination of Northern Spicebush (18-24 Inches) (Lindera benzoin):

Spicebush flowers are hermaphroditic, containing both male and female reproductive parts. The flowers are insect-pollinated and attract early-season pollinators like bees and butterflies. The red berries that follow are eaten by birds, including migratory songbirds. The shrub's spicy-scented leaves, twigs, and berries have been used as a culinary spice and medicinal herb by Native American tribes and early settlers. Spicebush is an excellent choice for naturalized landscapes, woodland gardens, and wildlife habitats. Its compact size and attractive foliage make it suitable for smaller gardens and urban environments. The plant's ecological significance includes providing habitat and food for wildlife and supporting pollinators during the early growing season. Conservation efforts aim to protect and promote native species like Spicebush to maintain ecological balance and support the well-being of wildlife populations.



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During the first year, you should focus on providing the plant with the right amount of water, sunlight and soil to help it become established. Once the plant has become established and is actively growing, you can begin to fertilize it.

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