Lindera benzoin (Spicebush) [12 Seeds]

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$4.25

Germination Information: I recommend these only for gardeners who have experience with seeds that need a chilling period to germinate. Sow about 1/2 inch deep in a pot outdoors or in a nursery bed in fall to early winter. Keep in mind that it can take several years before you will find out which seedlings are male and which are female; you need both to eventually get the showy fruits.

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There are so many reasons to grow spicebush (Lindera benzoin)! With its showy, yellow spring blooms, this deciduous shrub is an excellent native alternative to the ubiquitous forsythia, with the extra benefit of being somewhat fragrant. On female plants, the flowers mature into oblong, single-seeded fruits that are green in summer, ripening to a glossy, bright red in early fall. And on both males and females, the leaves turn yellow in fall, extending the show. The foliage is valuable as a larval host for several butterflies, including eastern tiger swallowtail and spicebush swallowtail, and the flesh of the fruits is rich in fats, providing a welcome source of energy for migrating birds. The aromatic twigs, leaves, and fruits are also valued by foragers for their flavor (hence the common name spicebush, or wild allspice). Spicebush generally grows 6 to 12 feet tall and wide. Native to much of the eastern half of North America; these seeds are from wild plants in my hedgerow in Bucks County, PA. Full sun to full shade; average to moist soil. Zones 4 to 9.

2021-collected seeds sold out. I hope to collect again in fall 2022. At least 12 seeds. These seeds have been cleaned and stored warm in moist vermiculite from mid September to late December 2021, then moved to cool conditions in early January 2022.

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1 review for Lindera benzoin (Spicebush) [12 Seeds]

  1. Brian (verified owner)

    Great germ after winter sowing!

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