A not often seen in cultivation native shrub sometimes called ‘forsythia of the wilds’ because of its early spring yellow flowering which give a yellow tinge to the woods. It is a dioecious shrub; the leaves are glossy, dark green, aromatic and in the fall turn a most beautiful golden colour.
The fruits are also aromatic and abundant; glossy red, very ornamental and highly appreciated by birds. Fruits and foliage were used to prepare tea (leaves and twigs), or the fleshy part of the fruits was chopped and utilized as an allspice (hence the name).
The Spicebush is also a favourite larval host for the beautiful Spicebush swallowtail and Promethea silkmoth!
Germination: seeds should be sown fresh or kept moist; cold/moist stratification for 3 months. Read more about the germination in – A late arrival.
I’ve seen very young plants flowering, therefore the ratio of female/male seedlings will be revealed in a few years.