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Lindera Benzoin or Wild Allspice is a flowering plant in the family Lauraceae.




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Lindera benzoin which is also known as wild allspice, spicebush, common spicebush, northern spicebush or Benjamin bush is a flowering plant in the family Lauraceae.

Overview of Lindera Benzoin or Wild Allspice

• This is native to eastern North America, ranging from Maine to Ontario in the north, and to Kansas, Texas and northern Florida in the south.
• It is a medium-sized deciduous shrub.
• It can grow up to a height of 5 m.
• It is typically found only in the understory of moist thickets.
• The leaves are alternate and simple.
• They are 6–15 cm long and 2–6 cm broad.
• They are oval or obovate and broadest beyond the middle of the leaf.
• They are very aromatic when crushed.
• The flowers grow in showy yellow clusters that appear in early spring.
• The fruit is a berrylike red drupe that is about 1 cm long.
• It is highly prized by birds.
• It has a peppery taste and scent.

Growing and Caring conditions for Lindera Benzoin or Wild Allspice

• Plant your allspice tree.
• The allspice tree grows naturally in or near tropical climates.
• It only withstands small periods of light frost and temperatures below 26 degrees.
• If from seeds, fill a seed flat with soil.
• Press one seed about 1/2 inch down into each seed flat.
• Water each well with about 1/4 cup of water and mulch the seeds with 1/2 inch of mature compost.
• In many climates, the allspice tree must be kept indoors during the winter months.
• Place the tree in a spot where it receives sunlight for at least 40 percent of the day.
• Younger allspice trees need more light to remain healthy.
• Use loose and well-moistened fertilizer for the tree.
• Tropical plant fertilizer is the best choice for fertilizing the allspice tree.
• Use plant food that is mixed 30-10-10 every three to five weeks.
• Keep the tree well watered.
• As the soil surface begins to dry, add more water.
• Prune the allspice tree in the spring to summer months.
• Prune an indoor allspice tree annually to keep from outgrowing its space.
• Cultivate new allspice trees from the seeds inside of the fruit.
• Cuttings of this type of tree are rarely successful for cultivation of new trees.
• This sweet-smelling shrub is generally problem free.
• A few diseases can cause damage to this shrub.
• In poorly drained soil they can be affected by Phytophthora or Pythium root rots.
• Ensure good drainage before planting.
• Bacterial crown gall can cause warty bumps on stems near the soil.
• There is no control for this.
• Hence removing and destroying infected plants is the best method to avoid spreading.
• Powdery mildew can also be a problem on plants without adequate airflow.





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