Spice Bush Live Stakes are not known for being susceptible to any specific disease or pest.
Spice Bush (Lindera benzoin) is a shrub that is part of the laurel family. It is native to North America. It is found naturally along streams and heavily wooded areas. The male bushes have small yellow flowers that bloom in spring. These flowers have a sweet scent to them. The female shrubs grow berries that are half an inch in diameter, in the fall. These berries change colors from yellow to green and finally to red. The leaves on the female shrub also change to yellow in the fall. For the berries to grow, a male and female Spicebush must be grown as females require pollination. These berries provide various bird species with a food source. Humans can use both the berries and the flowers in tea or as a spice. The USDA hardy zone for the Spicebush ranges from a 4 to a 9.
The Spicebush doesn't require much sunlight and can grow in the shade well, but it will also grow in full sunlight as well.
When the Spicebush is grown in full sunlight, it produces more flowers and berries. Planting the Spicebush in a pot and transferring it is not recommended because of the number of roots that grow. The height of mature Spice Bush averages between 6 and 12 feet high and 6 to 12 feet wide but is commonly more wide than tall. The growth rate on average of the shrub is 1 foot per year. The soil required to grow a Spicebush is well-drained but moist, sandy loam soil but it can tolerate clay soil. While daily watering is ideal, the Spicebush can endure drought conditions. The Spicebush isn't known to have any diseases or insect problems. Although butterflies and moths feed off the Spicebush, it causes no real issues for the shrub. Their berries are favorite among birds due to a high content of fat. Various types of butterflies like spice bushes and spicebush swallowtail butterfly larvae feed on the leaves.
Spicebushes are great for people who live in areas where conditions allow for spice bushes to grow naturally.
They are great for native gardens. Also, they are great for people who want a plant that will have colorful berries and flowers. They also do well as shrub borders, as well as ornamentals in woodland gardens.
They are drought sensitive, so people who grow spice bushes have to take note of the conditions of the soil. This is very easy to do. If you think that the ground is a bit dry, add water to it.