Flower of the Day: Spicebush

Lindera benzoin; Lauraceae (laurel family)

spicebush twig

Spicebush is underused as a landscape plant.  Want a burst of yellow in early springtime, without contributing to the invasive exotic problem?  Forget forsythia.  Spicebush is a great shrub, pest-free, easy to establish, easy to grow.  The leaves have a lovely scent (rather like allspice).  Just look at how pretty it is:

spicebush and Carderock

This mature shrub is at the base of Carderock, subject to some serious foot traffic.  Doesn’t seem to mind a bit.

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