Spicebush Lindera benzoin
Family: Lauraceae (Laurel)
Branching: Alternate


This is a southern shrub that is at its northern limit in southern Ontario.  In the summer it's smooth leaves of varying size stand out, and in the winter there is usually a space between a lateral bud and the leaf scar beneath.  Often there are multiple lateral buds (flower buds) per leaf scar.  The end buds as well can be clustered, similar to cherries or oaks.  The plant is very fragrant, though this is greatly subdued in the winter.  The branches typically are greenish in colour.


Winter twig of Spicebush


Another view of the winter twig, showing the larger and clustered flower buds


Another view of the winter twig, showing clustered flower buds


Lateral buds and leaf scar


Lateral buds and leaf scar


Lateral buds are often on short stalks or spur branches


Close up of lateral bud and leaf scar


Older bark


Another view of the mature bark




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