Lindera benzoin

spicebush

Lauraceae

wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 10 ft
Flower Color: flower color      yellow
Fruit Color: fruit color      red
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy fruits, aroma, fragrance, interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Naturalistic settings and informal wet hammock settings.
Considerations: Like it's relative redbay(Persea borbonia), it's susceptible to attacks by the redbay ambrosia beetle, which spreads a deadly fungus called Laural Wilt. While we need to keep planting them for the butterflies, just be aware that you might lose it to this wilt. Maybe if we plant enough, that we'll find some that are resistant.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed, Friends
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, organic material (muck)
Soil pH Range: Acidic

Ecology

Wildlife:
wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Larval host for the spice buch swallowtail and other butterflies.
Native Habitats: Bluffs, floodplains, calcareous hammocks. Rare.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B

Other

Other Comments: Spicy smell to crushed foliage.