Grows 4-6 feet; understory tree

Pale yellow spring blooms

Leaves turn bright yellow in the fall

Blue-grey bark 

Part to full shade; moist soil

Photo: Fritz Flohr Reynolds

Leatherwood (shrub)

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  • 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.