|Lindera obtusiloba, a
deciduous shrub with dark gray bark, inhabits deciduous forests or
edges in hilly districts, growing to 2-6m in height. Trunks grow in
bundles and form the tree shape of a spherical to broadly ovate.
Leaves are of opposite phyllotaxis, blades being 5-15cm long, 4-13cm
wide, in a broad ovate shape, upperparts generally cleft in three,
with entire margins, and basal parts succise or shallowly cordate.
Before leaves develop, small yellow flowers set themselves mutually
together in umbel-like inflorescences. Dioecious: male
inflorescences are more significant than females and surpass in
number and size. Bloom time: March-April.