Lindera benzoin (L.) Blume
Common Name: SPICEBUSH
Coefficient of Conservatism: 7
Coefficient of Wetness: -3
Wetness Index: FACW
Physiognomy: Nt Shrub

Moist rich deciduous forests and swamps, rarely under cedar northward.

Like most aromatic plants, spicebush has reputed medicinal value as well as having served as a source of tea, but it is not the source of benzoin of the drug trade, which is derived from species of Styrax (Styracaceae). The small but attractive yellow flowers (more conspicuous on staminate plants) appear early in the spring, before the leaves, calling the shrub to the attention of anyone who passes by.

Locations

Allegan County
Barry County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Branch County
Calhoun County
Cass County
Clinton County
Genesee County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Huron County
Ingham County
Isabella County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Lapeer County
Leelanau County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Macomb County
Manistee County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Monroe County
Montcalm County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Osceola County
Ottawa County
Saginaw County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 10, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1611.