Lindera benzoin
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Hardiness Zone: 4-9 Height: 6-12 feet; 1.8-3.7 metres Spread: 6-12 feet; 1.8-3.7 metres Sun: Full sun to part shade Water: Medium Wildlife: Bees and flies visit and pollinate the flowers. Birds will feed on the fruit and butterfly caterpillars feed on the foliage. Bloom Colour: Greenish-yellow Tolerates: Drought Culture: Prefers medium moisture, well-drained soil. Noteworthy Characteristics: Spicebush is a medium-sized shrub with foliage that gives off a pleasant, spicy scent when crushed or bruised. The leaves are oblong-ovate in shape, alternately arranged, and turn yellow in the fall. The bark is gray-brown and becomes rougher with age. The small flowers appear in clusters before the leaves appear in the spring and they later give way to berry-like fruit. The drupes are bright red, shiny, and smooth.