Leatherwood is a small deciduous shrub that typically grows 4-6' (infrequently to 9') tall. It is native to the forest understory of eastern North America, but is uncommon in most of its ran ge.
Bell-shaped, pale lemon-yellow flowers (to 1/4" long) with long yellow stamens bloom in axillary clusters along the branches in early spring (March-April) before the leaves emerge.Twigs are extremely pliable. Native Americans used the twigs and bark for a number of purposes including making bow strings, baskets, fishing line and rope. Some people have allergic reactions to contact with the bark.