Bright red berries and green foliage of Lindera benzoin (spicebush)

This week’s featured native shrub is Lindera benzoin, Spicebush.  The leaves and twigs were prepared and drunk as a tea, used to flavor game, and as an herbal remedy for aches and colds.  As a habitat planting, Spicebush is the larval host for the Spicebush Swallowtail, Papilio troilus, and the Prometheus Silkmoth, Callosemia promethea.  The scarlet berries on female trees are fall forage for migratory birds.

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