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Leatherwood, Eastern Leatherwood

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Dirca palustris

Flower Description:

Narrow, yellow, bell-shaped flowers hang in pendulous clusters and last a long time.

Season BloomMarch - June
HabitatMoist, rich, wooded slopes & bottomlands. Full sun can stress the plant. Use by wildlife is low. Poisonous parts: All parts. Minor skin irritation when touched, low toxicity if ingested. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea; contact with bark may cause skin irritation with blisters. Toxic Principle: Resin.
Leaf DescriptionA short, dense shrub with solitary or few short trunks and ascending, candelabra-like branching. Leaves are dark green in summer, turning a clear yellow for fall.
Soil Type All Types
Light Source Shade, Partial Shade