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). Dirca palustris Dirca palustris - leatherwood, ropebark - USA, Canada Disanthus cercidifolius - China, Japan... Here's a close-up picture of a flower. 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. Upper surface of a leaf. Upper surface of a leaf. Underside of a leaf. Here's a couple more photos of Leatherwood in the winter. 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... Back to Species Page Research Back to NYMF Table of Contents How to Use the Encyclopedia Glossary... (Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their... Taken at Arnold Arboretum, Ma. 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. Full View In the spring, Leatherwood has small fragrant yellow flowers before any leaves come out. Here are close-up pictures of the bark. And another, showing the characteristic marks that show along its stems.