Botanical Name: Lindera benzoin *
Common Name: Spicebush
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Height: 6-12' Spread: 6-12' Habit/Form: Oval to rounded Growth Rate: Slow/Medium Zone: 4-9
Cultural Requirements: Slow to establish; best in part shade or full sun with adequate moisture; prefers moist well-drained soils to wet conditions; tolerant of dry soil once established.
Ornamental Characteristics: Colony forming in moist conditions; tiny yellow flowers open in mid-March; attractive, bright red fruit on female plants; light green, spicy fragrant leaves and stems; requires male and female plant for fruiting; native in Midwest.
Use in the Landscape: good for shrub border or in natural area
Butterfly Caterpillar/larval Host: Spicebush Swallowtail
Birds Attracted: 17+ species, including flycatcher, catbird, robin, wood thrush, and vireo
Plant Appeal for Birds: High fat content fruits ripen July- October and are quickly eaten by birds
Plant tolerant of flooded areas for extended periods of time.
*Native to the Midwest
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