Virginia Tech Dendrology

corkwood Leitneriaceae Leitneria floridana Chapm. Listen to the Latin symbol: LEFL
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.
flower twig bark form1 map
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
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654