Attract Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly to your garden by planting a Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) in your yard! Swallowtail larvae survive on the leaves of this shrub.
Spicebush is a large 5-7 foot-tall shrub that has sweet-scented leaves, eye-catching fruit and beautiful fall colours. The twigs, fruit and leaves of this shrub can make a fragrant tea. Tea from the twigs is traditionally used to treat colds and colics.
Spicebush is sometimes called the “forsythia of the wild” because it blooms very early with dainty yellow flowers.