Family - Thymelaeaceae Stems - Woody shrub to 2m tall, freely branching. Twigs jointed, glabrous,... Inflorescence - Typically 2-3 in a terminal cluster, appearing with the new leaves. Pedicels to 3mm... Flowering - March - April. Habitat - Low wet woods, streambanks, rich wooded slopes. Origin - Native... Flore laurentienne Frère Marie-Victorin (1885-1944) In the spring, Leatherwood has small fragrant yellow flowers before any leaves come out. Fruit forming in late spring (end of May). Here's a close-up picture of a flower. Dirca palustris flower closeup March 10, 2012 zone 5 Nebraska Flowers emerge directly from prior... This winter photo of Leatherwood shows the shrub's typical form. Image Discussion Dirca palustris L. - Leatherwood Photo © by Brooklyn Botanic Garden Taken by G.... In the spring, Leatherwood has small fragrant yellow flowers before any leaves come out. Taken at Arnold Arboretum, Ma. Upper surface of a leaf. Upper surface of a leaf. Underside of a leaf. Leatherwood closeup of distinctive winter twigs and buds, 26 October 2009, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica... Here's a couple more photos of Leatherwood in the winter. Image of Dirca palustris (Thymelaeaceae ) Screen size image (773 x 800 pixel) 126640 bytes 300 dpi... Here are close-up pictures of the bark. Leatherwood as cordage... This picture shows the bark fibers separated. There are at least two... This picture dramatizes the pliability of Leatherwood. The branches can actually be tied into knots... Leatherwood closeup of fresh seed, stems, and leaves, 10 May 2010, Louisville KY Back to Species Page Research Back to NYMF Table of Contents How to Use the Encyclopedia Glossary... Leatherwood with a bumper crop of seeds this spring, 10 May 2010, Louisville KY (Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their... Leatherwood ( Dirca palustris ) And another, showing the characteristic marks that show along its stems. Pete enlisted the help of Johnny Randall from the North Carolina Botanical Garden at Chapel Hill to... Leaf arrangement. Sometimes the leaves are almost rounded at the tips, rather than pointed.