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Species: Lindera benzoin

(lin-der'ah ben'zo in)

Lindera benzoin

Spicebush

Found on Course Walks

Flowering Landscape Shrubs

Map of plant locations

(Plant location data may be incomplete)

In Collection(s):

None Listed

Cultivars

'Green Gold', 'Rubra', 'Xanthocarpa'

Ornamental Characteristics

Shrub 4 to 8 feet

6' - 12' (similar spread)

Deciduous

rounded shrub

part shade is beat

Environmental Characteristics

Part shade

4a

Can tolerate acid to alkaline soil (pH 5.0 to 8.0)

small greenish yellow flowers in early spring; leaves and stem have identifiable spicy scent; bright scarlet oval drupe fruit; leaves bright green changing to yellow in fall

Occasionally saturated or very wet soil; Consistently moist, well-drained soil; Occasional periods of dry soil
See graphic below

Insect Disease

none serious

Bare Root Transplanting


Other

native to eastern North America; difficult to transplant; slow to re-establish. Deer resistant

Native Range Map

Native Range Map Image

Moisture Tolerance Graphic

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Moisture Tolerance

Moisture graphic
Occasionally saturated or very wet soil
Consistently moist, well-drained soil
Occasional periods of dry soil
Prolonged periods of dry soil
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