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Lindera benzoin

Benjamin bush

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Features

  • BloomsApril
  • Height1.5m to 3m
  • Spread1.5m to 3m
  • Growth HabitBushy round
  • Flower ColourGreen yellow
  • Leaf ColourBright green

Description

Lindera benzoin (Benjamin bush). This is a deciduous shrub, It has a rounded shape, The flowers are small clusters of yellow-green flowers they appear in the spring, they are followed by berries that ripen to glossy bright red in late summer.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Other common names

Benzoin, Spice bush

Origin

E. Canada and States

Interest and use

Autumn colour on female plants, with red berries.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium, Humus-rich, Boggy
  • Soil pH5.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They grow in partial-shade with acidic humus-rich soil. Though tolerant of extreme cold, they grow well if protected from late spring frosts. You can propagate from seed or cuttings.

Propagation

Softwood cuttings in summer or by seed in autumn.

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