Lindera benzoin - Northern Spice Bush
Lindera benzoin - Northern Spice Bush
Lindera benzoin - Northern Spice Bush

Lindera benzoin - Northern Spice Bush

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Northern Spice Bush
Lindera benzoin

Every American Beauties garden should have a home for a plant this versatile and this easy to grow. Oval and upright, Spicebush is a perfect plant for grouping as a backdrop or screen in any garden in almost any location since it tolerates shadier, moist conditions without missing a beat. Tiny yellow-green flowers emerge before this plant's pungent foliage develops, providing early season nectar to native bees and butterflies. Deep green leaves provide great summer cover for birds but it's this plant's red berries that have birds coming from far and wide to snack on, whether they are local natives or migratory birds passing through. Showy yellow fall foliage color will really stand out in the garden.

  • Versatile and easy to grow
  • Oval and upright
  • Tiny, yellow-green flowers attracts bees and butterflies
  • Deep green leaves
  • Red berries attract birds
  • Showy yellow foliage color in fall

Native Range

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)


It is a shrub that thrives in the understory of our moist eastern woodlands. More importantly, it is the larval food source for the Spicebush Swallowtail, (Papilio troilus Linnaeus).


Grows well in average to moist soils. A great option for the shaded landscape. Although it will bloom in a shaded landscape, a bit of sun will produce a nicer form and more fruits.

Mature Size: 6-10'T x 6-10'

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Full Shade

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    Quick Tips for Choosing Plants:

    • Planting a variety of native trees, shrubs, perennials and vines increases biodiversity and gives wildlife a source for food, cover and nesting
    • Choose a mixture of deciduous and evergreen trees so birds and other wildlife will always be able to find shelter
    • Plant trees and large shrubs where they will block winter winds from the house and shade it in summer, that will save energy and lower your carbon footprint
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    • Plant nectar plants in groups, to attract butterflies and other beneficial insects more easily
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    When you look at our tag you’ll find information about the plants natural habitat. That will give you a clue to how it will work in your backyard. For instance if the plant is naturally founded and moist, shade and you have full sun, it’s not the plant for you. The “Features” section gives you an overview or plant description so you’ll know what to expect. While the “Benefits” section talks about the plants strong suits and how the plant will benefit wildlife. 

    A Special Note About Exposure

    Full sun: Prefers six or more hours of direct sunshine a day
    Partial shade: Thrives in three to six hours of daily sunshine
    Shade: Generally does well with less than three hours of sun per day. Having said that even shade loving plants will struggle in extremely deep shade.


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