Early season blooms on a broadly rounded native shrub. Foliage and bark smell spicy when crushed or scraped. The leaves are food for Spicebush Swallowtail larvae. Plants need both male and female for fruit production. Male flowers are more showy than female, but females have brilliant red drupes when planted with a male. Foliage is a golden yellow in the fall.
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Photo of Bush in Flower: Midwest Ground Covers