The deep maroon flowers of spicebush are often described as having the scent of red wine. This plant is a California native, is deer resistant, and is pollinated by beetles. Also called California allspice, it’s bark is dried and used as a substitute for cinnamon and allspice, and medicinally the bark is an expectorant and has been used in the treatment of sore throats, severe colds, and stomach disorders.
Water: Moderate to Wet
Hardiness: Frost Hardy
Habit: Left alone it will grow to a small tree/large shrub up to 15" tall and wide. Adaptable to pruning into various shapes, trimmed to a hedge or trained to trellis.
Light: Partial Shade
Soil: Tolerates sandy or clay soils
Origin: Found in moist riparian areas of pine forests and oak woodlands in the mountains of Central and Northern California
Additional Characteristics: California Native, Deer Resistant