Lindera benzoin
Spicebush

 Plant Type:
 Hardiness:
 Deciduous / Evergreen:
 Flowers:
Yellow (Attractive yellow (0.2" dia.) flowers in axils open in mid-April)
 Foliage:
Green (Summer); Yellow (Handsome golden yellow fall foliage)
 Fruit:
Red (Fruits (on females) are attractive bright red, although usually hidden by leaves until leaf drop; dioecious)
 Ultimate Height:
6-12 feet
 Ultimate Spread:
6-12 feet
 Soil:
Prefers moist, well-drained soils
 Range:
Eastern North America
 Diagnostic Characteristics:
Leaves (3-5" long by 1-2.5" wide) are aromatic when crushed, alternate, simple, oblong-obovate. Slender olive green stems with pale lenticels.

Additional Information

The Spicebush is an excellent native shrub for naturalizing or in borders. Tolerant of full shade, although it tends to become leggy in lower light situations. Difficult to transplant; use container-grown plants. Prefers moist soils; not especially drought tolerant. Dioecious.

When Lindera benzoin has been observed flowering or fruiting at Purdue University

Flowering

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No Fruiting Observations Available

5 Lindera benzoin found

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= Heritage plant = Memorial plant
Number Accession ID Location
12013_00184*AHORTPARK
22009_14588*BPFEN
32022_00258*AWSLR
42022_00259*AWSLR
52022_00028*AHGRH

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