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Dirca palustris L.
Eastern leatherwood, Western leatherwood, Ropebark
USDA Symbol: dipa9
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A short, dense shrub, 3-6 ft. tall, with solitary or few short trunks and ascending, candelabra-like branching. Narrow, yellow, bell-shaped flowers hang in pendulous clusters and last a long time. Leaves are dark green in summer, turning a clear yellow for fall.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Green, Purple, Red Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: NB
, ON Native Distribution:
S. Que. to MN, s. to FL, AL & OK Native Habitat:
Moist, rich, wooded slopes & bottomlands USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Soil Description: Moist, well-drained, organic soils.
Conditions Comments: No serious disease or insect problems. Full sun can stress the plant. Contact with broken wood can cause severe dermatitis.
POISONOUS PARTS: All parts. Minor skin irritation when touched, low toxicity if ingested. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea; contact with bark
may cause skin irritation with blisters. Toxic Principle: Resin. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.) Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationDescription: Seed can be sown outside as soon as it is ripe. The seeds need a cold period of about three months to germinate. Cuttings are difficult to root. Layering offers a method of vegetative reproduction.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2012-07-02
Research By: TWC Staff