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- Latin Name- Lindera Benzoin Hardy Planting Zone- 4-9 Mature Height- 6-15 ft Width- 5-10 ft Sun or Shade- Partial Shade
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Spice Bush Shrub – Lindera benzoin
Spice Bush is the common name for this deciduous shrub that grows in the Eastern United States. It grows best in zones 6 to 9 and often is 6 to 12 feet in height, and 15 ft. wide. It blooms in March, and its leaves are green to yellow. This plant grows well in moist locations, along with woods, ravines, streams, and valleys. It blooms in next winter. It has a spicy scent on its when branches and limbs are scraped or cut. Bright red fruit blooms in late summer on female shrubs about 1/2 inch long in the fall. Birds often eat this. The male bush has more abundant flowers and is needed for the female shrub to produce fruit. It generally does not have problems with disease and pests. It can be used as hedges, in borders, or in rain gardens. It attracts birds, and butterflies when planted. Prune well after it flowers. Plant in the well-drained sandy soil, loam, or limestone soils. Water moderately during the growing season. These shrubs are best planted in moist and fertile soils. It can be planted in shady or sunny dry locations. Collect seeds in late summer to early fall, and store in moist soil until ready to sow.
Spice Bush shrub, is considered an herbal shrub because the leaves and berries are used for teas and spices.
It is a productive shrub, which has pointed oval, 4-inch glossy leaves with an ornamental appeal to it. It is free of most disease and insect problems. The mid-spring show of tiny blossoms, range in a color hue of yellow to yellowish-greenish flowers. The male and the female both bloom, but in the fall, the female shrub gets bright red berries. Birds and bees are visitors to this shrub, but the Spice Bush ranks highly on the list of favorites for the swallowtail butterfly. The seeds and the leaves have an aromatic appeal that will draw the small colorful wildlife in. These berries are conventional for use in potpourri after they dry. It tolerates most soil types but performs best in a location with a slightly acidic moist soil. The Spice Bush is useful in many ways. Its leaves and berries are dried and stored in potpourri. The spring twigs are often used for tea, and once the seeds dry, they can be ground up for a spice which some people compare to allspice. The rounded fast growing deciduous shrub is an excellent choice and addition to a border choice. Propagation is semi-easy using seeds or cuttings. It is recommended to plant more than three plants if gender is unknown to accomplish wanted berry production that is found only on the female shrub. The Spice Bush is a beautiful ornamental choice that some might say, pays for itself. It is an excellent aromatic choice for the shady parts of the property that need a lovely touch.