Lindera benzoin / Spicebush


A shrub of average to moist shade, with aromatic foliage and bright red fruits. Utilized by migrating birds, including thrushes, as a high-lipid migration food. Also used for tea, herbal remedies, and culinary spice.

Host plant for the beautiful Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar, as well as the Promethea moth.

Height: 4′ – 10′        Blooms: April       Fruits: September, October

Siting: Average to moist soils, part shade to shade. Tolerates full sun with consistent moisture.

Deer Resistance: Moderate

Provenance: NJ


BONAP 2022 Lindera benzoin Native Range Map

Larval Host Plant (butterflies):
Spicebush Swallowtail

Larval Host Plant (moths):
Promethea Moth
Saddleback Caterpillar
Tulip-tree Beauty

Additional information


Two Quart, Gallon