The spicebush is a great yard plant for home-owners because it has no serious insect or disease problems. It uses a medium amount of water and grows well on moist, sandy, and well-drained soils.
This plant produces both aromatic flowers and berries. The yellow flowers begin to grow in early spring prior to the leaves. They form bold clusters and have a sweet smell. The berries produced by the spicebush are a bright red with an ellipsoid shape and are approximately a half-inch long. The berries are described to have a taste similar to turpentine and can be used to make a spice.
Fans of birds and butterflies will enjoy having this shrub around, as both are attracted to it. Birds will come to eat the berries, generally leaving the rest of the plant alone. The spicebush is a larval host for the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Spicebush Swallowtail butterflies, as well as for the Promethea silkmoth.
Overall, this shrub makes an easy and attractive addition to any lawn.