Lindera benzoin
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Lindera benzoin

Benjamin bush

  family lauraceae 
  genus lindera 

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Genus  Lindera Species  benzoin Variety  Cultivar  Common names  spicebush   Benjamin bush Family  LAURACEAE Specimen number  S11475 Data source  HtZn p135
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  6' - 15' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Light shade Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Soil pH 05-06 USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 08-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Lindera benzoin has an attractive autumn display of leaves. Spicebush (also known as Benjamin bush) has a colorful display of berries in the fall and early winter. This plant can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. This species needs summer days with high heat. Light shade is best for growing this plant. It needs soil that is moist.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  yes Colorful berries  yes Desirable qualities    Other interest  fall color on female plants,red berries Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The leaves of this plant and the berries are both edible. Among its many possible uses in the kitchen, Lindera benzoin is often used as spice and as herbal tea.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  woodsy spicy fragrant leaves Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Spice   Herbal tea Nutritional value  Edible parts  Leaves   Berries Description of edible parts leaves used for herbal tea; berries used as allspice Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Lindera benzoin is a woody perennial. Flowers: Spicebush (locally known in some parts as Benjamin bush) has flowers that appear on the stems before the leaves. The blossoms are usually a yellow color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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