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Lindera obtusiloba, photo courtesy of Rob Cardillo
Lindera obtusiloba, photo courtesy of Rob Cardillo

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Lindera obtusiloba

Japanese Spicebush
Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees, Decorative fruit or berries


Spicebushes are grown for the beauty of their yellow fall foliage and named for the spicy scent of crushed leaves. On female plants, fruits will follow the blossoms if a male plant is nearby. Best used at woodland edge or filling in a shrub border. Good drainage essential; somedrought-tolerance.

Lindera obtusiloba

Native to Japan, China, and Korea. To 10–20 ft. tall and a little narrower. Leaves are occasionally mitten-shaped. Fall color is an exceptionally brilliant yellow that develops even in shade and holds for 2 weeks or more. Fruits are 1/4 in. wide, mature from red to black.

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