Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolina
Plantae>Magnoliophyta>Magnoliopsida>Malvales>Thymelaeaceae>Dirca palustris L.
A rare shrub of stream margins and other wet habitats. The alternate, roundish leaves are simple and entire.
Buck Creek, Clay Co., NC 5/21/05.
Flowers are twinned. Only the youngest leaves are hairy.
Person Co., NC 4/1/06.
The twigs are distinctive.
Leatherwood is named for its pliant, nearly unbreakable twigs.
Bark of a small shrub.
The bark generally has a golden hue.
Poisonous Plants of NC
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