Edible: Spicebush, Common [Lindera benzoin]


1 Common spice bush Common spice bush
Source: Central Park, Mar 19, 2000

2 Common spice bush closeup Common spice bush closeup
Source: Central Park, Mar 19, 2000

3 Common Spice Bush Common Spice Bush
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Mar 25, 2000

4 Common Spice Bush Common Spice Bush. Closeup of the flowers. See the bugs?
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Mar 25, 2000

10 Common spice bush Common spice bush
Source: Crestwood Riverside, Westchester, Apr 14, 2001

11 Common spice bush flower Common spice bush flower
Source: Crestwood Riverside, Westchester, Apr 14, 2001

12 Common spice bush flower closeup Common spice bush flower closeup. Too early.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Apr 22, 2001

18 Spicebush Spicebush. You don’t eat. Makes tea. Native Americans used it for fever.
Source: Central Park, May 08, 2005

19 Spicebush Spicebush. Leaves closeup.
Source: Central Park, May 08, 2005

5 Common spice bush Common spice bush. For a tea must be fresh leaves.
Source: Alley Pond Park (Woods), Queens, May 14, 2000

6 Common spice bush Common spice bush. Has alternating leaves. Leaves only good for tea. Berries in Fall are like allspice.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, May 27, 2000

20 Common spice bush Common spice bush. Leaves in tear drip shape. Use leaves for teas. Note smooth edges on leaves. Has red berries in the Fall. Like allspice.
Source: Central Park, May 30, 2005

7 Common spice bush Common spice bush
Source: Central Park, Jun 10, 2000

8 Common spice bush with immature berries Common spice bush with immature berries.
Source: Central Park, Jun 10, 2000

21 Common spice bush Common spice bush.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Jul 01, 2006

22 Another common spice bush Another common spice bush.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Jul 01, 2006

13 Common spice bush Common spice bush. Berries not ready until Fall. Can crush leaves and make tea.
Source: Forest Park, Queens, Jul 04, 2001

14 Common spice bush Common spice bush. Berry closeup.
Source: Forest Park, Queens, Jul 04, 2001

23 Common spice bush Common spice bush.
Source: Forest Park, Queens, Jul 04, 2011

24 Common spice bush Common spice bush.
Source: Forest Park, Queens, Jul 04, 2011

25 Common spice bush Common spice bush.
Source: Forest Park, Queens, Jul 04, 2011

15 Common spicebush Common spicebush.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Jul 08, 2001

16 Common spice bush berry Common spice bush berry.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Jul 08, 2001

9 Common spice bush Common spice bush. Berries in September. Leaves now for tea.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Jul 09, 2000

26 Common spice bush Common spice bush.
Source: Inwood Park, Manhattan, Jul 17, 2011

27 Common spice bush Common spice bush.
Source: Inwood Park, Manhattan, Jul 17, 2011

28 Common spice bush Common spice bush.
Source: Inwood Park, Manhattan, Jul 17, 2011

17 Common spice bush Common spice bush.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Jul 29, 2001



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