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Lindera benzoin

A must have deciduous native plant for beekeepers with sweetly fragrant citron yellow flowers on bare branches in late winter/early spring. Lindera benzoin, like hollies, are dioecious plants, meaning there you need both male (showier flowers) and female plants for cross-pollination and fruit production. Honey bees seek out the early blossoms, birds enjoy the red fruit in fall and the aromatic foliage is a favorite of the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly. Fall Foliage color is yellow. Plants grow 6-12' tall and wide, spreading by suckering shoots, and enjoy a moist rich soil.
Genus Lindera
Common Name Spicebush
Hardiness Zone 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Part Sun, Full Sun
Seasonal Interest Winter, Spring, Fall
Season of Blooming Winter, Spring
Use Naturalizing, Massing
Special Attributes Native Plant, Pollinator Friendly, Butterfly Attracting, Bird Attracting, Deer Resistant, Cold Hardy, Easy Care, Moisture Loving, Fragrant
Color Chartreuse, Yellow