6 Spice bush

Birds & Blooms - - Top 10 -

LINDERA BENZOIN,

ZONES 4 TO 9

In fall, the nicely-shaped shrub’s shiny red berries and blooms pro­duce a sweet, spicy fra­grance. About 6 to 12 feet tall when grown, this hardy host is com­monly found in low woods, swampy ar­eas and along streams.

Why we love it: Wood thrushes and more than 20 other bird species flock to back­yards to gob­ble up the juicy red berries.

Host to: spice­bush swal­low­tail and other swal­low­tails

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