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Lindera angustifolia

Oriental Spicebush

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Features

  • BloomsApril
  • Height4m
  • Spread3m
  • Speed of GrowthModerate
  • Growth HabitBushy round
  • Flower ColourGreen-yellow
  • Leaf ColourDark green, silver, red, yellow, orange, beige

Description

Lindera angustifolia (Oriental Spicebush). This shrub has aromatic, glossy green leaves with silver undersides. In autumn, the leaves turn bright shades of red, orange and yellow and finally beige and remain on the tree throughout the winter until the new flower buds push them off in March. Flowers are greenish yellow, ripening to ornamental black berries in the autumn.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Shrub

Other common names

Narrowleaf Spicebush

Origin

China

Interest and use

Leaves are crushed for oil, which is used in soap and machine oil.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Sandy
  • Soil pH5.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Prefers a well drained, sandy soil.

Propagation

Softwood cuttings in summer or by seed in autumn.

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