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Extraordinarily multi-stemmed oval woody shrub surprises us with dense clusters of little fragrant honey-yellow flowers up & down the branches in the early spring before leaves come out (March through May), 1/2 inch green fruits develop & turn bright red in the fall just as the 5 inch oval blue-green leaves are turning bright yellow, the fruit disappears shortly after the leaves fall - they have a high fat content and are eagerly consumed by songbirds, leaves (and fruits and stems) have a lovely spiced aroma when crushed (the scent is rumored to have insect repellant properties!), great early season nectar source for bees and other insects, host plant for Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillars(Papilio troilus), This is a great understory shrub with all season interest - even the winter silhouette is attractive! Since they come in both male and female plants it is best to get a couple to ensure you get a female for fruit set (our plants are not old enough to be sexed yet!). Place these in rich soil and take care to water them carefully the first season to help them establish.

Average To Moist
Sun To Shade
8-15 feet tall (6-15 feet wide)
Plant Hardiness Zones: Zone 4a-9b
Woody Shrub

Native Range: Me to s ON, south to TX & FL. Rare in ME

Germination - Moderately Difficult: Wet pack- keep refrigerated until at least March, then plant.

Northern Spicebush - < 6 inch tall in a quart pot $16.75 (Temporarily Sold Out**)
Northern Spicebush - 6-12 inch tall in a quart pot $17.25 (Temporarily Sold Out**)

Northern Spicebush in a Wet-Pack Seed Packet* $7.00

* Our "wet-pack" seed packets are a more complex version of our normal seed packets, and have been designed (and tested)for species whose seeds require additional care and packaging to keep them healthy. Please follow the species-specific germination instructions found on the seed envelope carefully, and be gentle with any roots that may have started to sprout; just because they've produced roots, doesn't mean they're ready to grow!

** We normally carry this item but are temporarily sold out. We expect to have it available again as soon as our plants in production reach sufficient size/maturity or we harvest more seed. In some cases, plants may be recovering from caterpillar damage (Monarchs love our Milkweed), wind or hail damage, rampaging woodchucks, downed trees, or other natural issues. We are constantly updating our web site so please check back again.

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