|Lindera benzoin (spicebush).|
|Over 8' tall in 2008. Local deer seem to be slackers, so I cut it back myself in 2011|
Heck, some of you might not even look forward to opening your windows to bring in that first breath of warm, fresh spring air (personally, the wait is killing me). Perish the thought of experiencing the frisson that might accompany inhaling the delicate perfume of those numerous little yellow flowers found in clusters up and down the slender, yet sometimes lengthy (see above), stems of the spicebush.
|Individually insignificant, the tiny flowers are borne in overwhelming numbers. Certainly whelming numbers, at least.|
|Even though mid-October (2009) this is pretty representative of average summer foliage, hints of fall color notwithstanding.|
|One year and six days later, full bore fall color.|
|An anomalous curled leaf conceals...|
|a spicebush swallowtail larva. Don't be fooled by the eyes; this is the posterior end.|
|Empty pupal case|
|A pretty threat to Amur honeysuckle? You be the judge.|
Perhaps not even for some of you who DO like bacon.