Photo Courtesy of Heritage Seedlings

Lindera benzoin (Spice Bush)

This deciduous clump-forming shrub features smooth, broad green leaves that turn bright yellow in fall on thin stems, both of which release a spicy, citrusy aroma when crushed. Showy yellow flowers emerge before the leaves show, along with drupes of red berries. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early spring
6-12 ft tall x 6-12 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Tolerant to juglone
Drought tolerant


Zone Zone 4
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Moisture Moderate Moisture
Native to Native