Spice Bush Shrub

  • Spice Bush Shrub
  • Spice Bush Shrub

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We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

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Spice Bush — Lindera benzoin 

Make sure to plant the spicebush close to a walkway where passers-by can brush against the leaves and enjoy the fragrance that gives the plant its name. Every part of this shrub has a beautiful aroma, from the leaves to the flowers to the bark.


 The spicebush is a deciduous bush that grows from 6 to 12 feet high and has a spread a little wider than it is tall. It’s found naturally along streams and in wet woods in eastern North America. It does best in hardiness zones 4 to 9. It is a dioecious plant, which means that it’s either male or female. If the gardener wants the shrub to produce its red, olive-shaped fruit, it needs to plant male and female plants together. The spicebush blooms from March to May and has fragrant green-yellow flowers all along its branches. Somewhat unusual, the male flowers are bigger and showier than the female flowers.


 The bush likes full sun but can tolerate even deep shade

It is best to plant it in full sun in the northern areas of its range and in part shade in the southern areas. The shrub has a denser habit in full sun and a more open one in the shade. The spicebush needs medium watering and doesn’t need pampering, though when the shrub is first transplanted, the fibrous roots need to stay moist. The soil needs to be rich but well-drained, well-aerated, and acidic.


 The leaves of the spicebush are thick, oblong, or oval and about 5 inches long. At first, they are light green; then, they turn buttery yellow in the fall.


 Besides being planted around walkways, the spicebush is excellent planted as a hedge or in a rain garden. The berries attract birds, and it’s a host plant for the caterpillar of the beautiful spicebush swallowtail butterfly. Other than that, the spicebush doesn’t have too many problems with pests or diseases.

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