Leatherwood is a woodland shrub grown horticulturally for hundreds of years as a collector’s plant. Palustris means ‘growing in a swamp.’ This plant is very adaptable to wet soils and woodland-type shade. Small yellow flowers are produced in March and April just before the leaves emerge. The fruit ripens in May and June. Birds love them, so they are gone quick! Leaves are shiny green and a little fuzzy underneath, and are held alternately on the greenish-yellow stems.
Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace
Typical Landscape Use
Establishment and Care Instructions
Where Should I Start?
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