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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

A common shrub in moist eastern woods, Spicebush seems to blend in with the scenery except when its greensih yellow flowers are open in mid-spring and when its fruits are ripe in the early fall looking like shiny, brilliant crimson coffee beans. This plant will grow in full shade where it may reach 10 or more feet with an open branching habit or in full sun where it would be shorter and more compact. In either case, it likes good moist soil. Fall color is yellow in full sun. Spicebush is the host plant for the larval stage of the spicebush swallowtail butterfly. So in summer we eagerly look for cocoons wrapped within rolled leaves knowing that shortly, beautiful butterflies, (black with yellow and blue) will emerge. (Both male and female plants are required to produce berries on female plants. Since our plants are seed grown, we do not know if they will be male or female.)



Showy Berry Fruit

Good Fall Color

Deer Resistant

Butterfly Plant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow

Plant Type



Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny,

Half and half, Mostly shady

Soil Condition

Organic, Average

Moisture Tolerance

Moist, Moderately moist

Pot Size

Full quart


36 or taller

Flower Color

Yellows, Green

Bloom Time

Mid spring

Typical Height





4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 6