Lindera benzoin

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

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Plant Specifics

Size:to 10 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:Red
Habitats:Bluffs, floodplains, calcareous hammocks. Rare.


Recommended Uses:Naturalistic settings and informal wet hammock settings.
Light: Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Organic material (muck), Sand



Birds and mammals eat the fruits.

  • Larval host for the spice bush swallowtail and other butterflies. 
  • Attracts bees and flies.