Native to the 🇺🇸 USA, east of or near the Mississippi River, and extending into parts of 🇨🇦 Canada, Oklahoma, Texas and 🇲🇽 Mexico.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
Genus used as host by caterpillars of 63 species
of 🦋 butterflies and moths, in some areas.

The leaves and bark can be made into an astringent.

In North America's Midwest, often planted in a middle story or "small trees layer" of a woodland plant community.

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