Spice Bush Shrub – (Spicebush) - Lindera benzoin
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 hardy zones 4-9. The average height is 6-15 feet. Space them 10-feet apart in partial to full shade and 12-14 feet apart in heavy shaded areas to provide enough room for growth. 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 berries and the leaves have an aromatic appeal that will draw the small colorful wildlife in. These berries are common 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 for potpourri. The spring twigs are often used for tea and once the berries dry, they can be ground up for a spice which some people compare to allspice. The rounded fast growing deciduous shrub is a great choice and addition for a border choice. Propagation is semi-easy by means of 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 beautiful touch.