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Dirca palustris

Photo by Michael A. Dirr

Leatherwood

The growth habit of this native deciduous shrub is oval to rounded.  This shade tolerant shrub is usually less than 6 feet tall.  It has yellow flowers in early spring before the leaves.  It is related to Daphne and the common name refers to it's extremely pliable leathery branches.  This plant grows in rich, moist, neutral soil in woodlands scattered over much of eastern North America but is rarely available to gardeners. 

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Height
5-6 Feet

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Spread
5-6 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 6-8

Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes
Deciduous
Growth Rate in the Garden
Slow
Soil Properties
Neutral
Sun Requirements
Full Shade