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Lindera glauca - (Siebold.&Zucc.)Blume.

Common Name Grayblue Spicebush
Family Lauraceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Mixed deciduous forest. Forests, roadsides on mountain slopes; at elevations below 900 metres in China[266 ].
Range E. Asia.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Lindera glauca Grayblue Spicebush


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Lindera glauca Grayblue Spicebush
Wikimedia Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lindera glauca is a deciduous Shrub growing to 5 m (16ft) by 5 m (16ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Benzoin glaucum Siebold & Zucc.

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

The fruits are used as a substitute for pepper[301 ]. The dried, powdered leaves are mixed into noodles and dumplings as a flavouring[301 ].

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Medicinal Uses

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The roots, branchlets, leaves, and fruit are used medicinally[266].

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Other Uses

An essential oil is obtained from the leaves and pericarp[266 ]. It is used in the manufacture of incense and joss sticks[238 ]. An oil obtained from the seed is used for making soap and lubricating oil[266 ]. The wood is used in woodwork[266 ]. Used in the manufacture of incense and joss sticks[238]. Attractive, aromatic foliage and star-shaped flowers and showy red to black fruit. Fragrant.

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Light Range: Part Shade to Sun. pH Range: 4.5 to 6.5. Soil Range: Sandy Loam to Mostly Clay. Water Range: Moist. Mixed deciduous forest. Shrub or small tree to 5 m, usually multistemmed. All these taxa are widely grown in North America and seem to perform well throughout the United States. Flowers Mid Spring. LINDERA glauca v. salicifolia (Chinese Spicebush) has a pyramidal habit and willow-like foliage that emerges emerald-green in the spring turning yellow-orange and red then finally to khaki brown, holding on all winter. Jet black fruit appears in late summer. Use in a border, for screening or as a specimen.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe. The seed has a short viability and should not be allowed to dry out[200 ]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on until large enough to plant out. Cuttings of half-ripe wood in a frame[200 ]. Layering.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Spicebush

Distribution CHINA: Anhui, Fujian, Gansu, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Sichuan, Zhejiang; JAPAN: Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku; TAIWAN.

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Lindera assamica Tree0.0 -  LMHSM002
Lindera benzoinSpice Bush, Northern spicebush, Bush Northern SpiceShrub3.0 4-9 SLMHSM333
Lindera megaphylla Tree10.0 7-10  LMHSM001
Lindera obtusiloba Shrub6.0 5-9  LMHSM201
Lindera praecox Shrub7.5 8-11  LMHSM002
Lindera pulcherrima Tree7.0 -  LMHSM002
Lindera strychnifolia Shrub9.0 -  LMHSM02 
Lindera umbellata Shrub3.0 6-9  LMHSNM102

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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