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Lindera benzion
Family:  Laurel (Lauraceae)
Host Plant

Host forPalamedes Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail

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Deciduous shrub

Soil:  Likes fertile soil

Water:  Requires regular irrigation

Light:  Grow in full or partial shade

Mature size:  8' tall X 8' wide

Habitat:  Swamps, wet woods

Propogation:  seeds, cuttings

Spicebush is dioecious, meaning that both male and female plants are needed for pollination.  The female plants bear the fruit, and are more attractive.   Perfect specimen shrub for a shady, woodsy, naturalized setting.   Grows naturally in N. Fla and other eastern states in low woods and along streams.