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Species: Lindera benzoin

History: Spicebush is native to eastern North America, although in Canada it can only be found in Ontario. It has been used medicinally by several indigenous peoples and early land surveyors used it to find good agricultural land due to its propensity to grow in good soil. It remains a popular ornamental plant along with its uses for spices and teas. Spicebush is also the only host plant for the spicebush swallowtail. 

Why We Grow It: If you want to source your own herbs locally, try this aromatic, native shrub! The leaves and berries can be used as substitutes for cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. It is attractive to butterflies and the early bloom time means it is a good source of pollen in the spring. The shrub is also quite pretty in autumn when its leaves turn a bright yellow.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4

Soil Preference: Prefers clay loam but adaptable to different soils

Growth Habits: Shrub grows 2-4m tall

Sun/Shade: Full shade to full sun (approx. 3-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: A male and female plant are needed for pollination

Flowering Time: April

Bloom Colour: Yellow

Ripens: Harvest year round!

Recommended Use: Spices, tea, pollinator plant

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