corkwood Leitneriaceae Leitneria floridana Chapm. Listen to the Latin symbol: LEFL Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, deciduous, ovate to lanceolate, entire margins, to 9 inches; shiny dark green above, gray tomentose below.
Flower: Species is dioecious, both male and female borne on catkins to 1 1/2 inch long; appearing in early spring, before the leaves.
Fruit: A light brown leathery drupe to 3/4 inch long.
Twig: Gray-brown and pubescent, with yellow-brown scaly buds.
Bark: Dark brown with prominent lenticels.
Form: A large suckering shrub or small tree to 25 feet, often in thickets.
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Additional Range Information:
Leitneria floridana is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting corkwood.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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