Spicebush (Lindera benzoin).
Deciduous, dense shrub (Lindera benzoin
, or Benzoin aestivale
) of the laurel family
, native to eastern North America. Found most often in damp woods, it grows 5–20 ft (1.5–6 m) tall. The shiny, oblong leaves (3–5 in., or 8–13 cm, long) are wedge-shaped near the base. Small, yellow flowers crowded in small, nearly stalkless clusters are followed by fleshy red fruit with a stony covering around the seed. Tea is sometimes brewed from young twigs, leaves, and fruit.
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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.