Lindera Benzoin (Northern Spicebush) is a single- or multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub with glossy leaves and graceful, slender, light green branches. Dense clusters of tiny, pale yellow flowers bloom before the leaves along the twigs. Flowers are followed by glossy red fruit. Both the fruit and foliage are aromatic. Leaves turn a colorful golden-yellow in fall. This plant is thought of as the “forsythia of the wilds” because its early spring flowering gives a subtle yellow tinge to many lowland woods where it is common. A tea can be made from the aromatic leaves and twigs. Best berry production and leaf color comes from sunnier site. 5 gal

Northern Spicebush

  • Mostly sunny to part shade