Spicebush - Lindera benzoin
| Introduction |
Spicebush is a many branched shrub or small tree. Blooms in the early spring with small greenish-yellow
flowers, similar to a forsynthia. Male and female plants are separate, with only the
female forming bright red berries, which are attractive to birds. Both a male and female plant is necessary
for the female to form the berries. Native to much of the eastern US.
It can grow to a height of 6 to 12 feet, but is usually smaller.
Spicebush is a Host Plant for the Spicebush Swallowtail
Spicebush Swallowtails use both Spicebush and Sassafras as a host plant. Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillars are one of the most fascinating caterpillars I've ever seen. Click on the link above to see pictures of both the caterpillar and the adult butterfly.
Where to buy Spicebush
I highly recommend Nature Hills Nursery.
The price for one Spicebush at the time I'm writing this is $17.95, but could change as
the supply available changes.
The Laurel Family
Spicebush is a member of the Laurel Family which consists of mostly large trees and a few shrubs. Avocados, bay leaves and cinnamon are produced from members of this family.
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