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Plant Species of the genus Dirca

Information about this genus
Name: Dirca
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Leatherwoods need exposure to full sun to achieve their best habit but will also grow in shade. They are quite hardy and grow best in a well-drained moist soil. Propagation is from seed or by layering.
Description: This genus of 2 deciduous shrubs, both native to North America, has tough flexible branches, simple alternate leaves, and fruit which is a small red or greenish drupe with 4 segments. The insignificant yellow flowers have no petals and open in the spring before the leaves appear. Twigs and bark are used by Native Americans for making rope and weaving baskets. All parts of the plant are poisonous and may cause skin irritation, and the fruit also has a narcotic effect.

Specie Vernacular Zone
palustris 4-8



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