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Plant Name:

Northern Spicebush

Scientific Name:

Lindera benzoin


Northern Spicebush is a deciduous shrub with aromatic leaves and small yellow flowers that bloom in early spring.


Woodlands, wet areas, stream banks


Provides food and habitat for birds and insects.

Growing Conditions:

Northern Spicebush prefers moist, well-drained soil and partial shade to full sun.


Northern Spicebush has culinary and medicinal uses. The leaves and twigs have a spicy fragrance when crushed.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):

Leaves and twigs can be used to make tea

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Fun Facts:

Northern Spicebush is also known as Benjamin Bush or Wild Allspice. It is a host plant for the spicebush swallowtail butterfly.

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