Dirca palustris (Leatherwood)
This is a a plant you may have walked by in the woodlands of Kentucky and never noticed. It prefers consistent moisture and thrives in the shade. Only reaching about 6' tall and wide it is a well behaved plant that provides early season flower. In late March to April pale yellow flowers open before the leaves. Very pliable stems can be bent a great deal without breaking. A fun one to quiz your fellow gardener or plant geek with when they visit your garden.