Spicebush Wild Allspice, from the laurel family, forms attractive shrubs and will have either male or female pale yellow flowers that produce glossy red berries. The leaves, flowers, and berry all have a very flavorful spice which gives it it’s namesake. A Spicebush tea can be made from the aromatic leaves and twigs, and the dried and powdered fruit can be used as a spice.
These plants are grown from seed and the sex is unknown at their current age. Male and Female plants are required for fruit set. Planting multiple will increase chances of cross-pollination.
Latin Name: Lindera benzoin
Site and Soil: Spicebush Wild Allspice likes full to 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Male and Female plants are necessary to produce berries.
Hardiness: Is hardy to minus 20 F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 6-8 ft. in height
Bloom Time: February-March
Ripening Time: Fall
Yield: 2-3 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Spicebush is not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 5
Sunset Western Zone: 2-6
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34-43