Plant Care Spicebush


About Spicebush

Spicebush is a deciduous shrub that may grow to 8 to 15 feet. It can be found in rich forests, dry forests on slopes, and swamps. In early spring, small, yellow flowers mature in axillary clusters. The shrub produces a bright red drupe with a peppery taste and scent.


Lindera benzoin

Also known as

Common spicebush, Northern spicebush, Wild allspice and Benjamin bush

How to care for Spicebush


How often to water your Spicebush

Water needs for Spicebush
0.5 cups
every 9

Spicebush needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Los Angeles, California.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Spicebush

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Spicebush in Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California

56% Medium

Finding light for Spicebush in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Spicebush: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Spicebush love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Spicebush does not tolerate low light 🚫.

Los Angeles, California currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.


How to fertilize Spicebush

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Spicebush: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Spicebush after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Spicebush is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Spicebush



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Los Angeles, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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