Spicebush, Lindera benzoin
Lauraceae or Laurel Family

Plants along trail Plants


Shrub to about 15 feet tall with oblong, pointed, untoothed leaves.  Leaves oval, pointed at the tip, not opposite each other.  Small yellow, sweet-scented flowers bloom in early spring, before the leaves unfold.  Fruit a red berry, maturing in early autumn. 

Common in moist woods and along streams, especially in the woods on the western slope of the park, where it forms clouds of yellow in the spring.

Easily overlooked in the summer, but the berries are distinctive in the fall, and the flowers are unforgettable in the spring.


Flowers close up

Leaves and fruits

Autumn foliage