Lindera angustifolia (also known as Lindera glauca var. salicifolia)

Common Name
Oriental Spicebush, sometimes called Korean Willow-leaved Spicebush

Lauraceae (Laurel)

Tree or plant type / form
Deciduous shrub or small multi-stemmed tree

Landscape Use
Use in a woodland setting or as an informal hedge or privacy screen; plant where the outstanding fall color can be enjoyed.

Season of interest and/or other ornamental feature(s)
Aromatic, light green leaves develop brilliant autumn color in shades of yellow, orange, red and maroon, then turn pale brown and remain on the plant until spring, a curious trait known as marcescence.  Inconspicuous yellow-green flowers appear in spring followed, on female plants, by shiny, round, black berries by late summer.

Size at Landscape Maturity
Height: 8 to 10 feet, Spread: 6 to 8 feet wide in 10 years; can be pruned heavily or rejuvenated to control size

Light exposure
Full sun to part shade

USDA Hardiness zones
6 – 8

Origin / Native locale
Central & Eastern China, Korea

Wildlife Value (incl. pollinators)

Soil Type & Drainage
Moist, well-drained acidic soil

Adapts to most garden soils in full sun to fairly heavy shade; tolerates heavy pruning

Leaf Description
Elliptic-lanceolate, aromatic, glossy green leaves (each to 4″ long) with silvery undersides

Bloom Time in Northeast Ohio
Early to mid May

Flower Description
Greenish-yellow flowers 

Cone / Fruit
Shiny, round, black berries in late summer on female plants

Available at
Secrest Arboretum Plant Discovery Days; rare in the nursery trade

Additional information
This plant is sometimes sold as Lindera glauca var. salicifolia.  A closely related species, Lindera glauca, is similar in both botanical characteristics and ornamental value. It exhibits slightly hairy (pubescent) stems while true L. angustifolia has stems that are hairless (glabrous).  Neither are common in landscapes.

Use the Secrest Aboretum Explorer to find locations where this plant is located on the Wooster campus.

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