Audubon® Spicebush
Audubon® Spicebush
Audubon® Spicebush
Native Regions map for Spicebush
White-Eyed Vireo
American Robin
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Audubon® Spicebush
Audubon® Spicebush
Audubon® Spicebush
Native Regions map for Spicebush
White-Eyed Vireo
American Robin
Gray Catbird

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Mature Height: 6-12' tall
  • Mature Width: 6-12' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade/Full Shade
  • Spacing: 6-12' apart


  • May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, vireos, flycatchers, thrashers, and veeries 
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
  • This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box


Audubon® Spicebush

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Lindera benzoin

Regular price $64.00
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Why the Audubon® Spicebush?

From spring through fall, Spicebush will be a delight for you and for the wildlife you share your outdoor space with. March and April bring dainty yellow flowers pollinated by the earliest-emerging bees. Summer brings caterpillars, such as those that become the gorgeous Spicebush swallowtail butterfly. And fall brings glossy red berries loved by songbirds, such as robins, Wood Thrushes, vireos, flycatchers, catbirds, and kingbirds. The Veery, which doesn’t visit birdfeeders, is a huge fan of the fruit, and planting Spicebush is probably the best thing you can do to lure this cautious bird into your garden.

Spicebush is a common understory plant in most of the eastern United States, from Maine to Florida and west to Michigan and Texas. Not coincidentally, this is where you’ll also find the dazzling Spicebush swallowtail butterfly. Its caterpillars are adorable. At first, they disguise themselves as inedible bird droppings. Later, they look like tiny snakes. You’ll spot them hiding in Spicebush leaves; they fold the edge over to make a little sleeping bag. Birds have apparently figured out this game, because you’ll often see wedge-shaped bite marks in the leaves with folds.

How to use in the landscape?

Autumn glory, too! Spicebush is radiant in fall when the pea-green leaves become a brilliant, clear yellow. It will light up the garden and direct birds to the ripe berries.

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower

Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

What is the definition of Native?

“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 4-9

    Mature Height: 6-12' tall

    Mature Width: 6-12' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade/Shade

    Spacing: 6-12' apart

How To Plant

A forest-dweller by nature, Spicebush is happiest with just a few hours of direct sun each day. A site in dappled shade throughout the day is also great. Consistently moist soil will encourage the lushest foliage and fastest growth. Spicebush is typically a dioecious plant, which means that male and female flowers appear on separate plants. Fruit will only form on females, and only if a male is nearby for pollination. For the best chance of having tons of fruit for the birds, plant several specimens! You can never have too many Spicebushes.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-9

How Does Shipping Work?

Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

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