Family: Lauraceae, laurel family
Genus species: Lindera benzoin
Leaves are oval, widest beyond the middle of the leaf. Leaf edges are untoothed. Leaves are aromatic when crushed.
Fruit is a small red berry.
Spicebush grows in the forest understory.
Lindera is named for Johann Linder (1678-1723), a Swedish botanist. The species name, benzoin, is from the Arabic for "perfume."