Northern Spicebush (18-24 Inches)

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Scientific Name:
Lindera benzoin
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Spicebush – Named for Sweet, Spicy Fragrance


Why Spicebush (Lindera Benzoin)?


Lindera benzoin, also known as spicebush, is a member of the laurel family and originates from the eastern region of North America. Within its native area, it may grow in the understory of damp, lush woodlands, particularly those with limestone. It has a colonial character and commonly reproduces via root sprouting, resulting in clumps or thickets. Many plants that belong to the genus Lindera have common names that include "spicebush," and they could have a similar appearance.


Due to its early spring blooming, it is sometimes called the "forsythia of the wilds" in the North. This is because the early spring flowering lends many lowland woodlands a slight yellow hue.


The female plants have a higher cost of reproduction than their male counterparts; however, in the wild areas, there is a tendency for more males than females in the group.


Early land surveyors relied on spicebush as a reliable source of fertile agricultural land due to the plant's propensity to thrive in dense woodlands. The leaves, buds, and twigs may also brew tea.


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  • 5
    Northern Spicebush plants

    Posted by Jessie on 01/18/21

    The three spicebush plants I ordered arrived three days ago (in January) and I planted them today. All three passed the "scratch test" for being alive though dormant. Am looking forward to watching them grow and bloom!

  • 5
    Northern Spicebush

    Posted by Laura Maas on 12/30/20

    It arrived in great shape. I'm wintering it in my cool dark basement. Will plant in March so we shall see!

  • 5

    Posted by Dawn Ackley on 04/28/20

    Kind of excited to try a native species!

  • 5

    Posted by Karen Voorhis on 01/02/20

    I bought two bare root plants. When I did the scratch test, one was dead. The tree company immediately rectified this and soon after I had a replacement. I hope to have a male and a female for berry production for wildlife. I bought these because I am transitioning my garden into a native plant garden. This is a host plant for the Spicebush Swallowtail. Both plants were very well packed and shipped! So far, so good!

  • 5
    Arrived in great condition

    Posted by Tara Tucker on 12/14/19

    Seedlings arrived dormant, packed in ghost crystals. Planting went well and they seem to be adjusting to their new environment.