Fever Bush, (Benzoin Odoriferum, Nees), a shrub from 4 to 10 ft. high, with long, slender, and brittle branches, common in the northern United States, and remarkable for its graceful form and large handsome leaves, especially when it grows upon the margin of some cold, 1 swampy place in the deep shade of woods.

Fever Bush (Benzoin odoriferum).

Fever Bush (Benzoin Odoriferum).

Here it produces an abundance of flowers and fruit. The flowers appear in April or May in clusters from three to six in number, are of a greenish yellow color, and come out where the last year's leaves were. The fruit is a small, oval, dark red or purple drupe, in bunches of two to five. The twigs or young branches are smooth and of a bright green, which assumes an olive tint the next year, and afterward a pearly gray. A decoction of the twigs is used to alleviate the itching from poisoning by sumach. According to Dr. Darlington, it is also used as a medicine for cattle in the spring. The berries have a pleasant, spicy taste, and have sometimes been used as allspice.