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The Delightful Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)

Host Plant: Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)

Nectar Plant:

Flower Color: Yellow

Growth Habit: Deciduous shrub that grows 6-12 feet tall

Range in North America: Eastern North America

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Hardiness: Zones 4-9

Soil Requirements: moist soil

Northern Spicebush and Wild Allspice

Spicebush (Lindera benzoin), a member of the Laurel Family (Lauraceae), is an understory tree that grows from 15 to 30 feet high. It has yellow flowers in the spring and a red fruit that is eaten by birds in the late summer and fall.

More information about it can be found at this blog post.

Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)

Spicebush Swallowtail on foliage – Kaldari, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Many birds eat the fruits of this tree.

This shrub is found in the understories of bottomland mixed hardwood forests in eastern North America.

The genus name, Lindera, is named for Johann Linder, a Swedish botanist. The species name, benzoin, is Arabic for aromatic gum. — Missouri Botanical Garden

Spicebush (Lindera benzion) Links


Missouri Botanical Garden

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


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