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Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Lindera benzoin

Flower Description:

Yellow flowers, usually observed in the mid spring, with fruit and seed production starting in the summer and continuing until fall.

Season BloomApril
HabitatIn the north this plant is thought of as the "forsythia of the wilds" because its early spring flowering gives a subtle yellow tinge to many lowland woods where it is common. A tea can be made from the aromatic leaves and twigs. Dried and powdered fruit can be used as a spice. Full sun to partial shade, prefers moist, well-drained soil. Low tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions. Larval Host to Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail.
Leaf DescriptionRounded, deciduous shrub, green foliage.
Soil Type All Types
Light Source Shade, Partial Shade, Sun