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Lindera benzoin,

Family Lauraceae
common spicebush, northern spicebush

spicebush flowers, Mason County, MI, March 23, 2012
spicebush is the earliest shrub to bloom, although this is a particularly early date. The blossoms appear before the leaves.
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