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Spice Bush (Lindera benzoin) bush in 4-inch-deep pot, organic

(3 customer reviews)

$16.00

Family:  Laurel (Lauraceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 9

(Spicebush) Perennial deciduous, dioecious bush to 12 feet. Native to Appalachia and a most elegant member of the very pretty plant family known as the Lauraceae. Spice bush prefers shade to sun and moist, rich soil. In fact, and this story is a bit of an indulgence on my part, the plant was considered by the early settlers to be an indicator of rich soil, and many homesteads were located due to the proximity of these bushes. The plant bears glossy green leaves and waxy, spicy-smelling red berries. Traditional use (TWM): cold remedy. Plant prefers rich, moist to mesic soil in the part shade. Prefers rich soils, moisture. Plant 6 feet apart.

Potted shrub in a 4 inch deep pot, Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Question

    Linda

    Is this the bay leaf plant traditionally used in Cajun/creole dishes?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi linda, how nice to get this question right now. i just put on a Creole gumbo, using our own clemson’s spineless okra, and i was trying to figure out the missing ingredient. thanks! but unfortunately i don’t have any bay leaf in my pantry, and spice bush isn’t it. I might put some in though, as a substitute. richo

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  2. mosheepfome

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    mosheepfome (verified owner)

    i am very pleased with the 3 pack of spice bushes I purchased. The bushes arrived in perfect condition as they were packaged very well. I have them in pots and they are growing quickly! I’m grateful to be able to count on receiving quality products … Thank you!!!

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  3. Question

    Brenna Lacki

    How heat tolerant is this plant? Would it be able to handle hot Phoenix summers?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Brenna,
      This plant is tolerant of moist heat in the shade. The kind of heat experienced in Phoenix would be too much for it.
      Richo

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    • Sara

      Do they need a pollinator, or will they set berries with only one bush?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Sara, these are dioecious plants (male and female flowers on separate bushes). Bare minimum, one male and one female for fruit. fruits on female only. richo

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  4. Question

    mosheepfome (verified owner)

    I would like to know, roughly, how many years until these bushes bloom? And, what size plants did I just buy? Thank you!!! I’m never disappointed when I receive my orders! TY!!!

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Mo,
      They reach sexual maturity in about 6 years, and you already are getting a 2-year-old at least so that leaves 4 years. As far as I know what we’re selling right now is an outdoor hardy plant that should ship well and satisfy.
      Richo

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    Linda

    Are you selling female spice bushes or can you not tell until the fall? I am planting for the berries. Thank you

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Linda,
      Right, well, if you want the berries you need both a male and a female plant. Our spice bush are pretty nice but still unsexed–nobody will know about that until they reach maturity. I recommend planting 3. Richo

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  6. Question

    MartaS

    Can you send two plants, one male and one female if requested?

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    Sonya

    For the spice bush to produce, do I need both a male and a female so they can cross pollinate?

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    Xochi Kao

    How large/old is the plant that comes with this purchase?

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