6 Spice bush
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