Lindera benzoin, Spicebush, Spice bush, Northern Spicebush.

Lindera benzoin, Spicebush ranges from Maine to Florida to east Texas, northward through Illinois and Michigan. Male and female flowers usually appear on separate plants, which may reverse their sex choice from year to year. A useful member of the Laurel family (Lauraceae), nibbling a few of the flowers is said to aid digestion. The aromatic leaves make a pleasant tea. The bright red fall berries, often persisting on the branches once the leaves drop, are a traditional allspice substitute. The infusion of the twigs was popularly used to treat fevers and colds.



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