Grows 4-6 feet; understory tree
Pale yellow spring blooms
Leaves turn bright yellow in the fall
Part to full shade; moist soil
Photo: Fritz Flohr Reynolds
A hardy and easily grown shrub, leatherwood presents pale yellow flowers with white centers; a good and bountiful bloomer among shade-preferring shrubs. Its leaves also emerge in early spring and often are among the first in the landscape to unfurl. The bark and leaves are tough but extremely flexible; its twigs can be tied in a knot without breaking. In winter the twigs can take on orange and red tones. This shrub may cause skin irritation when touched.