Lindera benzoin, Northern Spicebush 18-24"

Lindera benzoin, Northern Spicebush   18-24"
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  • Item #: S15A
  • Attractive Flowers:
  • Average to moist soil:
  • Beneficial Insects:
  • Butterflies:
  • Edible Fruit:
  • Erosion Control:
  • FACW- Usually occur in wetlands, but may occur in non-wetlands:
  • Flood Tolerant:
  • Fragrant:
  • Herbal / Medicinal Uses:
  • High Wildlife Value:
  • Loamy Soil- mostly silt, sand, some clay:
  • Medicinal Uses:
  • Moist Soil:
  • Native to Coastal Regions:
  • Native To Mountain Regions:
  • Native to Piedmont Regions:
  • Occasionally wet soil (non tidal):
  • Part - Full Shade (less than 4 hours):
  • Part Sun - Part Shade :
  • Perennial:
  • Sandy soil, coarse texture:
  • Shrub:
  • Small Mammals:
  • Songbirds:
  • Threatened / Endangered:
  • Waterfowl:
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Price $75.00
50 or more $1.50 each
300 or more $1.30 each

An order minimum of 50 of this size/species is required. We regret that quantities less than 50 will not be honored, accepted or processed.

Botanic Name:  Lindera benzoin

Common Name:  Northern spicebush

Sun Exposure:   Part Sun    Part Shade     Full Shade

Soil moisture:  Average              Moist       Wet        

Soil Type:       Clay Loamy  Sandy 

Mature height  / spread: 6.5-14'

Flower: Yellow March-May

Fall Color: Gold

Fruit: Red  Sept-Oct

Soil Ph: 4.5-6.5

Water depth:

Habitat:  Spicebush is primarily an understory species, sometimes

forming thickets, of rich, mesic sites on acidic to basic soils. 

Common habitats are low woods, swamp margins, and streamsides.  

Notes:  Over 20 species of birds, as well as deer, rabbits,

raccoons, and opossums have been recorded as browsing

the leaves or eating the fruits.  The fruits are a special favorite

of wood thrushes.  The spicebush swallowtail, Papilio troilus (L.), lays its

eggs on spicebush

There apparently are no commercial uses of spicebush,

but the essential oils of leaves, twigs, and fruits have lent

themselves for minor use for tea, and dried fruits have been

used in fragrant sachets.  Native Americans used dried fruits

as a spice and the leaves for tea.  Extracts have been used for drugs,

including anti-arthritic, diaphoretic, emetic and herbal steam. 

The benzoin of drug trade is produced by species of Styrax (Styraceae).  

Because of its habitat in rich woods, early land surveyors and

settlers used spicebush as an indicator species for good agricultural land. 


Threatened /Endangered: Maine


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