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Cultural Details for Dirca palustris

Common Name:
Leatherwood; Wicopy

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Pale-yellow, 3-4 in an inflorescence from each node, March-April.

Fruit Details:
Oval drupe, 0.33" long, pale green or reddish; containing one large, shining, brown seed. June-July.

Fall Color:
clear yellow

Bark Details:
slender, light brown becoming olive or darker. Bark is leathery and hard to remove.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
No serious disease or insect problems

Native Habitat:
New Brunswick and Ontario to Florida and Missouri

Other Features:
Indians used the bark for bow strings, fishing line, and baskets.

Culture and Care:
Thrives in moist to wet shady areas, prefers a deep soil rich in organic matter.

This plant was blooming:
3/30/2010 - 4/5/2010
3/26/2007 - 3/30/2007

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.