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Height: 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m) 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m) 10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m) 12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
Spacing: 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m) 10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Partial to Full Shade
Bloom Color: Bright Yellow
Bloom Time: Mid Spring
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Soil pH requirements: 4.5 or below (very acidic) 4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic) 5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic) 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets) From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; stratify if sowing indoors By simple layering By tip layering
On Jul 7, 2012, JonthanJ from Logansport, IN wrote:
L. benzoin is native here, growing wild in the fencerows around the field where our house is, even in considerably more sun than I would have thought it could take. It is a much better understory shrub than the honeysuckle bush that bedevils our woods, but it prefers relatively moist sites.
The roots are shallow, early spring transplantation works well, just after the buds break.
On Jul 21, 2010, DiegoJames from Allentown, PA wrote:
I love this plant. I love the smell of the leaves, I love the bright yellow green, I love the natural woodsy look. I was so excited about this little plant when I got it and it near doubled in size in it's first two months. Then the summer heat (90's and higher) hit and it did not do well. It could not take any of the direct sunlight it was getting for two hours a day and was so wilted that it looked as though it would simply not make it. I moved it to total shade, but it was a gonner. The leaves were now turning to dry paper. I took it to the cool basement with a flourescent light right above. It's doing fine here for now, though I know I can't keep it there. After it perked up I brought it back out on a high 80's day, in it's terra cotta pot, in the shade and it completely wilted nearly immediately, and again into the basement it went and there it perked right back. I believe what I did to hurt the plant originally was that it was too wet. I know it wasn't dry. And when I first took it out to move to the shade there was a smell of rot to the roots. It was in the most clay soil in my yard and I must have dug too deep a hole and it bowled the water and rotted. This really about did the plant in and it is STILL in the basement. I'm going to let it out in late mid to late August when it gets a little cooler. I guess I'll leave it in it's pot and then transplant it in Autumn. I hope that it makes it through the Winter. In the Spring it will find itself in a total shade place with a couple hours of very late day sun, a high bed and very nice soil. I love this plant and hope it makes it.
On Apr 4, 2010, sherriseden from Des Plaines, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:
This plant is tough - and beautiful! I got mine about 4 years ago from a prairie plant sale. The company the vendor used to transport plants to the sale site packed the plants in; some by the exhaust. The plant was literally scorched. The vendor gave me a large percentage off, so I decided to try to save it. I planted it by a large silver maple whose roots I had to fight to get the plant in. (I know - dumb!) It grew and flourished, but looked cramped, so this year, I finally moved it. This is the truth - the minute I moved it, its incredible grace and beauty came out - it looked BEAUTIFUL!!! That was two weeks ago. This weeks, it's flowers are out and it looks actually PROUD!
On May 29, 2006, Hogwaump from Rosedale, WV (Zone 7b) wrote:
AKA Northern Spicebush, known in the north as 'wild forsythia' because it blooms yellow in very early spring. Landscapers like it for the blooms and the red berries that persist into late fall. Beloved by native Americans, all parts have been used medicinally. A fragrant tea can be made from the leaves, which give off a lemony aroma. The berries can be dried and used like allspice or black pepper, hence the common name. Fresh spicebush berries can be crushed to season meats, stews, soups, etc. A beverage similar to ginger ale can also be made from the fresh berries. Pioneer families kept the cut twigs in their kitchens - the 'spice sticks' were used to flavor soups. Modern usage is mostly for potpourri. Some birds and also bears eat the berries.
On Apr 19, 2005, nick89 from Tallahassee, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
An attractive native shrub or sometimes a small tree. The yellow flowers appear on naked branches in early spring. The red berries ripen in late summer or fall. Usually on found on wet sites in woodlands.
On Oct 19, 2002, ohmysweetpjs from Brookeville, MD wrote:
I give this a positive because it's a host plant for the spicebush caterpillars and the berries are delicious and can be made into jelly.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Lake Purdy, Alabama New Market, Alabama Morrilton, Arkansas North Little Rock, Arkansas Brent, Florida Campbell, Florida Chuluota, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Margate, Florida Cordele, Georgia Chicago, Illinois Rosemont, Illinois Waukegan, Illinois Bloomington, Indiana Homecroft, Indiana Logansport, Indiana Martinsville, Indiana Arnold, Maryland Brookeville, Maryland Linthicum, Maryland Mashpee, Massachusetts Dearborn Heights, Michigan Elsberry, Missouri Joplin, Missouri Rock Hill, Missouri Frenchtown, New Jersey Maplewood, New Jersey Central Square, New York Elizabeth City, North Carolina Holly Springs, North Carolina Glouster, Ohio Tulsa, Oklahoma Allentown, Pennsylvania Glen Rock, Pennsylvania Greencastle, Pennsylvania Hummelstown, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Levittown, Pennsylvania Centertown, Tennessee Smyrna, Tennessee Austin, Texas Arlington, Virginia Jolivue, Virginia Merrimac, Virginia Falling Waters, West Virginia Rosedale, West Virginia