Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Corkwood

Leitneria floridana
Plant Type: Shrubs
Native Environment: Wetland, Stream Edge
Season of Interest: Late (July - frost), Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Yellow
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

6 to
12
feet

Spread:

8 to
15
feet
Size
Height: 6 to
12
feet
Spread: 8 to
15
feet
Size
Height: 6 to
12
feet
Spread: 8 to
15
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Great for mass planting, hedges or as a screen. Will colonize over time.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in average to wet soil, even in standing/shallow water.
Special Features
Interesting Bark
Special Usage
Basic Description

A rare suckering shrub found in the bootheel of Missouri. Showy catkins (flowers) appear in early spring followed by thick, shiny green leaves. Fall color is yellow. Chartreuse fruit held close to the stems. Bark has showy light colored lenticels (small ‘spots’). Extremely light wood hence the name, is less dense than cork. Separate male and female plants. Difficult to find in the trade.

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