Blooming Bushes! April 5, 2007
This little shrub was really putting on a show at The Heritage Garden at the Governor's Residence when I photograghed it in Columbus. It is a fairly common bush in Ohio woodlots, an understory shrub that is one of my favorites. Not only does it have these outstanding, although miniature blooms, it has red berries in the late summer and fall. The most interesting feature, besides being a host plant for the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly, is the pungent spicy scent when the dark green, glossy leaves are crushed.
So did you get the hint? That's right, it is the Spicebush, Lindera benzoin. An Ohio native that plays host to butterflies and has attractive berries birds love to eat.