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Question: I am searching for a culinary spice bush. Any thoughts on where I might find them.?

Answer: The American spicebush (Lindera benzoin) is a native shrub that displays clusters of tiny, greenish-yellow flowers in March and April before its leaves appear. The hardy plant is found in the north from Maine to Michigan and through the South down to Florida and Texas. As an 8-to-12-foot-tall, under-story species, spicebush thrives in the dappled shade of damp woods with rich soils, in ravines, alongside streams and in partially shaded, swampy areas.

I can't find the plant at Home Depot but you might try contacting Pope's Garden Center, 204 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919.

Best wishes with your search!

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