Susan W
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Spicebush

Anyone growing the spicebush shrub? As it is male or female, need 1 of each for female to have the red berries. It looks like both will bloom in spring. Looking for comments, suggestions etc.
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Susan

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Re: Spicebush

Where I used to live I had two spicebushes. I never knew whether they were M or F, but they never bloomed at all. I think it was too shady for them. Except for very early in spring before the big trees leafed out, they didn't get any direct sun.
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ButterflyLady29
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Re: Spicebush

I had 2, now down to one. I don't know if they were male or female. Mom and I got 5 baby shrubs a few years back and we split them between us.

The one that died this year was girdled at the base by something, probably mice or voles. Hubby was mulching around it and piled the mulch up against the trunk. Not good. It was the larger, prettier one. Oh well. The Spicebush swallowtail caterpillars only need the leaves, not the berries.

Susan W
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Re: Spicebush

Thanks for comments. Yes, am aware of the spicebush swallowtail host plant. I am interested for that and from doing a net-check seems to be relatively free of the cooties (mildew, fungus, pests etc). Side note, here in the mid-south, if a plant is prone to whatever cooties, we will have it!
Have fun!
Susan

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