At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Lauraceae
Latin Name: Lindera benzoin
Foliage: Light green
Fall Foliage: Yellow
Bloom: Greenish-yellow
Bloom Time: March
Shape: Rounded to spreading
Bark: Brown with speckled lenticles
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 9
Size: 12 to 6 feet
Spread: 12 to 6 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

The Spicebush has been called “the forsythia of the wilds”, since its early sunshine-yellow spring blossoms light up the shadowed grounds of the lowland woods where this plant is commonly found. With a 4-9 hardiness zone rating, this species is established throughout eastern and central North America, as northward as New York and Ontario, as south as Florida, and as far west as Kansas and Texas.

Small and deciduous, the Spicebush is commonly found in the wild within forests and thickets, growing as a low-lying understory plant with an average height and span that ranges between 6-12 ft. It thrives best in environments that contain medium, well-drained soils and when given access to full sun to partial shade. As a member of the laurel family (Lauraceae), the Spicebush is characterized by its alternate, simple leaves, usually oval and broadest beyond the middle of the leaf. These leaves are light green, shifting to shades of gold and greenish-yellow in the autumn, and they emit an intense and wonderful fragrance when crushed. This foliage also tends to hide the tiny brown larvae of the spicebush swallowtail butterfly, making the Spicebush a very beneficial plant for butterfly gardens. This tree is also a favorite food source for the promethea silkmoth. In March, the Spicebush’s cheery gold flowers bloom along the tree’s speckled brown branches, growing in showy clusters. Flowers of the female plants are replaced by attractive crimson drupes, glossy and also quite aromatic, with a strong peppery taste that mellows over time and evolves to a fruitier flavor.

Its binomial taxonomy, Lindera Benzoin (as classified in 1783 by Carl Peter Thunberg), is a title that partially pays tribute to Swedish botanist and physician Johann Linder, and is partially derived from the Middle French word “benjoin”, which refers to a fragrant balsamic resin produced by the Styrax genus of trees.

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