Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)

USDA Hardiness Zones

USDA hardiness zones
Spicebush
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Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
Zone Zone  more information
Hardy to zone 5b
Mature Height Mature Height
6 to 10 feet
Mature Spread Mature Spread
6 to 10 feet
Growth Rate Growth Rate
Slower
Sun Sun
Full Sun or Partial Shade
Moisture Moisture
Moist soil, well drained
Fall Color Fall Color
Attractive
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Wildlife
Yes
Flower Flower
Ornamental
Fruit Fruit
Ornamental
Evergreen Evergreen
No
Native to WI Native to WI
No
Additional Information Additional Information
rounded, loose, upright, open, suckering shrub; 6-10’ tall and wide; slow grower; yellow flowers in early spring; bright scarlet fruit on female plants in late summer to early fall; requires a male pollinator for fruit display; golden yellow fall color; aromatic leaves and stems when rubbed; full sun to partial shade; prefers a loamy, slightly acidic soil; gets chlorotic (yellow) at high pH; prefers a moist, well-drained soil; intolerant to drought and road salt; plant in spring only; do not shear; native to eastern U.S.; hardy to zone 5b; marginally hardy, hence, plant in a protected location

UW Extension
For more information, see the UW Extension Urban Horticulture Team Web site: www.uwex.edu/ces/wihort
Primary Author: Dr. Laura Jull
Photos by: Dr. Laura Jull and Dr. Ed Hasselkus

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