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Spice Bush | Plant Profile

Spice Bush (Lindera benzoin) are large deciduous shrubs that grow into an irregular rounded shape. Fragrant green-yellow flowers bloom along the branches before the leaves emerge. Pollinated flowers produce showy red berries that remain on the plant until after the leaves drop. The berries are attractive to birds that often visit to feed on the fruit. Before dropping, the leaves become a vibrant yellow.

Spice Bush prefers average fertility, medium moisture, well drained soils in full sun to part shade. Locate in a sunny area to maintain a compact shape and for best fall color.

Spice Bush are most often utilized in informal woodland settings. Plant along streams or banks to attract birds and other wildlife to a natural setting. Butterflies and bees can often be found visiting these shrubs.


Spice Bush Characteristics

Spice Bush are low maintenance deciduous shrubs that are native to the American midwest. These fragrant, berry producing shrubs are dioecious, meaning that plants are either male or female. In order for berries to be produced, pollinators must visit male and female flowers. The light green leaves of summer become bright yellow in fall.

Spice Bush are easy to care for shrubs with few serious insect or disease issues. Deer, drought, shade, clay and wet soils are rarely an issue for Spice Bush.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 4 - 9
6.00 - 12.00'
6.00 - 12.00'
Bloom Time
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?