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Sandbar Willow vs Spicebush

Salix exigua

Lindera benzoin

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Sandbar Willow
Spicebush

Sandbar Willow is a deciduous species native to much of North America. This mid-sized, fast-growing shrub can be found in very wet areas, making it an ideal plan to use in a wet area with erosion risk.

Sandbar Willow has long, narrow green leaves, and its grassy narrow stems give it an attractive, bamboo-like appearance.

All willow are important to native pollinators each spring as they have higher amounts of pollen and nectar early each growing season when other food sources are scarce.

The Spicebush is an unique ornamental shrub that blooms with vibrant yellow flowers and bright green foliage. The foliage goes from green to yellow in the autumn, adding fall interest to your garden.The plant is dioecious, meaning that you will need male and female plants in order to harvest it’s red berries. Berries are only produced on female plants. The berries themselves aren’t that sweet, and are mostly enjoyed by birds and other wildlife.

The Spicebush, also commonly known as Common Spicebush, Northern Spicebush, Wild Allspice, and Benjamin Bush, is named after its distinctive spicy-sweet fragrance that comes from the flowers.

SANDBAR WILLOW QUICK FACTS

SPICEBUSH QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 4a
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Berries: red
Flowers: greenish yellow
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: slow
Life span: short
Life span: medium
Suckering: medium
Suckering: medium





Other Names: benjamin bush, common spicebush, northern spicebush, wild allspice