Dirca palustris

Leatherwood

Thymelaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Shrub
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Deciduous
Noted for:Interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Use as a border plant, foundation plant, or understory shrub in a shady, moist setting.
Considerations:Can cause serious skin irritation and is somewhat toxic to ingest. A rare shrub, so may not adapt well into home landscapes.
Propagation:Seed. Prefers soils high in organic material.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic

Ecology

Wildlife:
Insects:

Insects visit the flowers, but likely the plant does not rely upon them.  Visits apparently opportunistic.  (Williams, 2004).

Native Habitats:Mesic slope forests, ravines and bluffs.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:The common name refers to the pliable twigs.