Shrub, 8-15' high, 6-15' wide; single or multi trunk

Light: part sun

soil: moist, well-drained, or dry

Bloom: Yellow flowers harbingers of spring

Landscape: garden, rain garden, hedge

Two needed for fruit

Fun fact: Leaves spell spicy when crushed and have been used to make tea

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3 Gallons
  • Pollinator value: Very High

    Birds, butterflies.  Larval host Spicebush Swallowtail and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.

    Fragrant yellow flowers emerge before the leaves.  Leaves turn a pleasant yellow in fall.  Females produce red drupes that persist after the leaves fall; males have larger flowers.  Male and female needed to set fruit.