In the spring, Leatherwood has small fragrant yellow flowers before any leaves come out. Fruit forming in late spring (end of May). Here's a close-up picture of a flower. Taken at Arnold Arboretum, Ma. This winter photo of Leatherwood shows the shrub's typical form. Image Discussion Dirca palustris L. - Leatherwood Photo © by Brooklyn Botanic Garden Taken by G.... In the spring, Leatherwood has small fragrant yellow flowers before any leaves come out. Leatherwood closeup of distinctive winter twigs and buds, 26 October 2009, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica... Upper surface of a leaf. Upper surface of a leaf. Underside of a leaf. Here's a couple more photos of Leatherwood in the winter. Leatherwood ( Dirca palustris ) Here are close-up pictures of the bark. Leatherwood as cordage... This picture shows the bark fibers separated. There are at least two... This picture dramatizes the pliability of Leatherwood. The branches can actually be tied into knots... Back to Species Page Research Back to NYMF Table of Contents How to Use the Encyclopedia Glossary... (Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their... And another, showing the characteristic marks that show along its stems. Pete enlisted the help of Johnny Randall from the North Carolina Botanical Garden at Chapel Hill to... Flore laurentienne Frère Marie-Victorin (1885-1944) Leaf arrangement. Sometimes the leaves are almost rounded at the tips, rather than pointed. Full View In the spring, Leatherwood has small fragrant yellow flowers before any leaves come out. Here are close-up pictures of the bark. And another, showing the characteristic marks that show along its stems. Family - Thymelaeaceae Stems - Woody shrub to 2m tall, freely branching. Twigs jointed, glabrous,... Leatherwood, a tough customer Dirca palustris is so supple you can tie branches in knots, say... Winter twig.