|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, upper parts 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.