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Lindera benzoin, or Spicebush is a woody shrub native to the southeastern corner of Kansas although and could be planted throughout the eastern third of the state. It typically is found in moist, rich woodlands as an understory plant, though it can handle partial sun. It is named for the sweet, spicy scent that lingers after crushing the plant leaves, stems and fruit.

Leaves, Stems and Fruit
Spicebush is a slow-growing shrub that reaches heights of between 6 and 12 feet. It can propagate asexually via root sprouting and form thickets. Leaves are deciduous and oblong shaped. Flowers arise prior to leaves in the spring on different male and female plants (dioecious).


Wildlife Habitat – Spicebush is an excellent wildlife plant as many species of birds consume the fruit, while deer, raccoons and opossums browse the fruit or eat the leaves. The plant is a host plant for numerous pollinators including the Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus), the Promethea silkmoth (Callosamia promethea), and the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

Adaptation and Soil
Spicebush is adapted to the eastern third of the state and prefers partially shaded areas with adequate moisture. It can tolerate varying soil pH, but is not very drought tolerant so is not recommended for exposed areas.

Space this shrub 6 to 12 feet apart.

One- or two year-old, bare-root seedlings, (10 to 14 inches tall) are used in conservation plantings. Controlling competing vegetation is critical in establishment which can be accomplished through the use of weed barrier fabric or mulch.

There are few serious disease or pest issues with spicebush.

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Native Plant:
Native Plant
Container or Bare Root?:
Bare Root

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