Lindera benzoin

Growing Information

Plant Type: Shrub
Sunlight: Sun to shade
Soils: Wet, average
Bloom Time: Yellow flowers in April, May
Size: 6-12 feet in height; 6-12 foot spread

Plant in naturalized woodland gardens with both male and female plants for showy red berry production. Fast-growing shrub in moist, shady areas. Some sun yields better form and berries. Dazzling yellow foliage in fall.

Garden Companions

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)

Nature Benefits

• Host plant for Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly, Promethea silkmoth
• High wildlife value for songbirds, butterflies, and small mammals.

Native Habitat

Occurs in low deciduous woods, stream banks, swamps.

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