Spice Bush
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Spicebush Tree Lindera benzoin
Butterfly Host or Larval Food Plant of Palamedes and Spicebush Swallowtail Butterflies



Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) female butterfly

Spicebush Swallowtail
Papilio troilus female butterfly

Palamedes (also called Laurel) Swallowtail female (Papilio troilus) butterfly

Palamedes (also called Laurel) Swallowtail
Papilio troilus butterfly

Botanical Name: Sassafras albidum

Common Name: Spicebush Tree

Plant type: Tree

Light: Full sun to light shade

Size: Can grow over 40 feet tall

Zone: 4 - 9

Water: Average

Soil: Average soil

Propagation: Seed

Host for: Spicebush Swallowtail and Palamedes (Laurel) Swallowtail butterflies

Egg Note: Eggs are small smooth cream colored balls laid normally on the underneath although sometimes on the top side of a leaf. Eggs turn darker before hatching.

Caterpillar: Young caterpillars are black and white, resembling bird droppings. Older caterpillars are green with 'eye' spots. One day before pupating, caterpillars turn orange.