Lindera triloba
Common Name: lindera 
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Lauraceae
Native Range: Japan
Zone: 7 to 9
Height: 6.00 to 10.00 feet
Spread: 6.00 to 10.00 feet
Bloom Time: March to April
Bloom Description: Yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Fruit: Showy


Easily grown in average, consistently moist but well-drained soil in full sun to part shade.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Lindera triloba is a dioecious multi-stemmed deciduous shrub that is native to Japan. It typically grows to 6-10' (infrequently to 20') tall. Triangular-ovate medium green leaves (to 5" long) turn bright yellow in fall. Each leaf has three acute pointed lobes with a single vein running from the leaf base to the tip of each lobe. Small yellow flowers in clusters bloom in spring before the leaves emerge. Flowers are followed by green rounded fruits (each to 1/2" diameter) which mature in fall.

Genus name honors Johann Linder (1676-1723), a Swedish botanist and physician.

Specific epithet means with three leaves, lobes or leaflets.


No frequently occurring insect or disease problems.


Part shade locations in woodland gardens. Borders. Cottage gardens. Naturalize in meadows or open areas.