WILD SPICE BUSH
SPICE BUSH can be found in the wild in eastern US and Canada.... especially in rich moist forest soils. The leaves, buds and new growth stems make a delicious "spicy-lemony" tea. Also can be used as a substitute for commercial all spice The Cherokee and Iroquois used the plant as a medicine for many different ailments. The edible red berries are relished by many wildlife species and are a very unique tasting fruit for humans if you like lemon flavour.
Small bushy plant(1-2m) can take sun or shade(even wet shade) and winter hardy to zone 3/4 or colder with good snow cover. Very showy plant with fragrant yellow flowers in spring, followed by bright red fruit and orange-red fall foliage.
Considered to be a species at risk of extinction so maybe its time to plant more spice bush and less of the useless Forsythia bush.