spice·​bush | \ˈspīs-ˌbu̇sh \

Definition of spicebush 

: an aromatic shrub (Lindera benzoin) of the laurel family found chiefly in the eastern U.S. that bears dense clusters of small greenish-yellow flowers followed by usually scarlet berries

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Medium to small shrubs: Beautybush (Kolkwitzia amabilis); shrubby St. John’s wort (Hypericum prolificum); spicebush (Lindera benzoin); wild hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens), including the Annabelle variety. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Many plants die when grown near black walnut trees. These are the ones that survive.," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of spicebush

1770, in the meaning defined above

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