Dirca palustris (leatherwood)

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Key Characteristics

  • Small shrub, insect pollinated, shade tolerant
  • Bark smooth, gray, leathery, exceedingly pliable
  • Leaves alternate, simple; petioles very short, covering the buds
  • Twigs slender, smooth, with conspicuous white lenticels, prominently joined with swollen nodes, bendy, like a brown telescope
  • Terminal bud absent
  • Pale green drupe

Sourced from "Michigan Shrubs"


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