Tree / Shrub Type
Usually found in rich forests, dry forests on slopes and swamps. The leaves produce a spicy odor when crushed. The bark is brown to gray-brown and speckled with light-colored lenticels. In early spring, small, yellow flowers mature in axillary clusters. The shrub produces a bright red fruit with a peppery taste and scent.
- Dimensions: 8-15 feet tall, 6-15 feet wide
- Water Use: Medium
- Light Requirement: Partial shade to full sun
- Soil Moisture: Medium to moist soil
- Ornamental Use: Perfect for a butterfly or pollinator garden as a hedge, especially in a woodland area.
- Wildlife: A host plant for the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly. Fruits are eaten by songbirds. White-tailed deer will browse twigs and leaves.