Lindera benzoin; Lauraceae (laurel family)
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:
This mature shrub is at the base of Carderock, subject to some serious foot traffic. Doesn’t seem to mind a bit.