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Old 07-11-2017, 03:26 PM
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I live in Michigan where Lindera benzoin, the Eastern Spicebush, is native. I have wanted to grow some of these shrubs for years because (among other benefits) they would attract Spicebush Swallowtails to the yard.

They are supposed to like half-shade to full shade; I have always planted them immediately upon receiving them, in half shade.

They need decent soil and regular watering; I give them that.

This year I was thrilled when, for the first time, the dormant shrub someone sent to me actually started to leaf out instead of staying dead. But then it croaked.

There is NO sign of insect infestation, fungus, or any other type of disease on this plant.

What the funk am I doing wrong? What is the trick to growing these???
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Old Yesterday, 09:10 PM
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Your ground is cursed! Sorry.

Was this bare root stock? When did you plant it? How did you prepare the planting site. How big is it?
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Old Today, 03:31 PM
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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This is just a guess, but after checking this out on Dave's Garden site, it looks like they
really like water. They naturally grow in low spots where there is damp soil. You can't let them dry out.
Just a suggestion if you buy another one. Keep it real moist.
Sorry about that, but I would try again.
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