How to find a female spicebush

Asked March 4, 2017, 6:22 PM EST

My first spicebush is now 4 years old and it has never had berries. Last spring I planted two more and they didn't produce berries either. Is it likely that they are all three males? How can I find and/or identify a female plant?

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

We cannot say for sure. It may be possible that the plant may not be mature enough to bloom. Plants grow best in full sun to part shade in moist soils. Male and female flowers are on separate plants, both are needed to produce the bright red berries (berries will be produced on female plants only
.According to the Manual of Woody Landscape Plants by Michael Dirr there are some male cultivars - 'Green Gold' and 'Rubra'.
Try contacting some native plant nurseries for more information http://www.mdflora.org/publications/nurseries.html
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