Ozark leatherwood is a very rare shrub that grows in the shady understory of oak-hickory forest. Reaching 2-3 m (6-8 ft.) tall, it has branches that are unusually pliable. Its small flowers are produced in late March and early April before the overstory trees leaf out.
Lauritzen Gardens is growing a living collection of Ozark leatherwood shrubs in our Conservation Discovery Garden.
Dirca decipiens growing at Overland Park (KS) Arboretum Photo Credit: Victoria Schoell-Schaefer
Dirca decipiens flower cluster Photo Credit: Aaron Floden
Dirca decipiens flower Photo Credit: Aaron Floden
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Ozark leatherwood is associated with eastern deciduous forest. The largest colony is found in the Overland Park (KS) Arboretum growing on the north-facing slope above a creek in the understory of oak-hickory forest.
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