A member of the Laurel family, American spicebush is named for the Swedish botanist, Johann Lindler, and "benzoin" comes from an Oriental gum of the same name because the shrub has a similar spicy aroma and flavor.
American spicebush's bark, fruit and leaves are aromatic, and all have been used for everything from flavorings to scent making.
American spicebush is an easy shrub to grow and is well-suited to those shady, wet areas where other, more traditional landscape shrubs often fail.
American spicebush has early spring flowers, which are most welcome after the long winter, and it puts on a beautiful autumn display with its yellow leaves and red berries.
Next time you are looking for something new for the landscape, why not consider spicing up your garden with American spicebush and your morning with a cup of spicebush tea?