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Northern Spicebush

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  • Partial Shade (3 - 4 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 6 - 10 Feet
  • Mature Spread 6 - 10 Feet
  • Growing Zones 4 - 8

Native to the United States, the Northern Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) is an attractive shrub that blooms in the spring with chartreuse-lemon flowers before the arrival of its vibrant green oval leaves. These blooms attract a variety of pollinators and develop into shiny cherry red berries, attracting birds and turning your garden into a haven for wildlife. In the fall, the leaves of the Northern Spicebush turn bright yellow, and after they drop, the red berries continue to provide interest. This shrub gets its name from the spicy aroma produced by the plant's stems and leaves, noticeable when pruning or rubbing the leaves. 

The Northern Spicebush grows in an oval, upright habit. At 6-10 feet tall and wide, the Northern Spicebush can be used as a screen or hedge. This shrub is both low maintenance and deer resistant, making it an ideal choice for woodland gardens. The Northern Spicebush is a dioecious plant, meaning that male and female flowers are located on separate plants – a male plant should be planted with a female plant in order to achieve berry production.

Northern Spicebush Care

To plant the Northern Spicebush, dig a hole that is twice the width and as deep as the root ball. While this shrub will grow easily in a variety of conditions, it will do best in average-to-moist, well-draining soil. The Northern Spicebush can grow in shade to sun, but will maintain a tighter shape in more light. This plant does not tolerate drying out, so plant it in a partially shaded area in warmer climates. Fertilize the Northern Spicebush with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the early spring. 

To maintain the Northern Spicebush’s shape, light pruning can be done in the spring once the plant has finished blooming. As a native plant, it is best to allow the Northern Spicebush plenty of room to grow to its natural size, which in turn will make it a lower-maintenance plant. As this native plant is a host to butterflies such as the black and blue spicebush swallowtail, take care to avoid using chemicals and allow caterpillars to feed.

Northern Spicebush Spacing

Plant the Northern Spicebush at least 10 feet away from other plants and structures to allow it plenty of room to grow and spread. Place shrubs slightly closer together to create a tight hedge.

Northern Spicebush Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8
Plant Type: Bushes
Light Exposure: Partial Shade (3 - 4 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 6 - 10 Feet
Mature Spread: 6 - 10 Feet
Spacing: 6 - 10 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Yellow
Flower Description:
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green, Yellow
Foliage Description: Deep Green
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering, Fall Flowering
Watering: Low
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Drought
Attracts: Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Hedges & Privacy, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Fragrant, Low Maintenance, Native to North America
Brand: American Beauties Native Plants
Common Name: Northern Spicebush
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: Lindera benzoin

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
 Volume:
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:
   Quart

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
 Volume:
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
 Volume:
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
 Volume:
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
 Volume:
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
 Volume:
   2.32-2.76 gallons


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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location


Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

2 Reviews - Northern Spicebush Show Reviews

  • 5
    loved by birds. they keep coming back

    Posted by Tracy Nixon on Dec 21, 2022

    I noticed that the Northern Spicebush plant, which we planted for just for visual purposes, is now attracting a lot of birds. They love to land on this plant and feed on the berries. It seems to act as a great cover and refuge from some predators.

  • 5
    in great shape

    Posted by Maris Manning on Dec 20, 2022

    my plant has arrived in perfect condition, as I expected. The colors are very pretty and beautiful. I am very excited to purchase more plants for my yard.