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.
Flowers are small, yellow, arranged in clusters, produced before leaves emerge in the spring.
Fruit is a small red berry.
Spicebush grows in the forest understory.
The genus Lindera is named for Johann Linder (1678-1723), a Swedish botanist. The species name, benzoin, is from the Arabic for "perfume."