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  • Aromatic Qualities: One of the most distinctive features of spicebush is its fragrant leaves, stems, and bark. When crushed or bruised, these plant parts emit a pleasant spicy aroma, which gives the shrub its common name.

  • Habitat and Range: Spicebush is typically found in moist woodlands, along streambanks, and in bottomland forests. Its native range extends from eastern Canada down to the southeastern United States. The plant is an important component of these ecosystems, providing habitat and food for various wildlife species.

  • Berries: Female spicebush plants produce bright red berries in the late summer and early fall. These berries are a valuable food source for birds, including songbirds and game birds, making spicebush an important contributor to local wildlife populations.

  • Host Plant for Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly: Spicebush serves as the host plant for the spicebush swallowtail butterfly (Papilio troilus). The butterfly lays its eggs on the leaves of the shrub, and the caterpillars that hatch feed on the leaves. This interaction is an example of a specialized ecological relationship.

  • Ornamental Use: Beyond its ecological value, spicebush is cultivated for its ornamental qualities. Its bright red berries, fragrant foliage, and yellow fall color make it an attractive choice for naturalistic and wildlife-friendly landscaping.
  • SPREAD 2-3 M
  • HEIGHT 3-4 M

Care Instructions

Different plants have different watering needs. Check the soil moisture by inserting your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry, water the plant until the water drains from the bottom of the pot. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

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