Cladrastis kentukea (Dumont de Courset) Rudd. Yellow-wood. Phen: Apr-May; Jul-Aug. Hab: Mountain forests, Piedmont bluffs, especially on calcareous or mafic rocks (introduced only in the Piedmont of NC). Dist: This small to large tree has a native range primarily in the Southern Appalachians (mostly on the west side), the Ozarks, and limestone regions in-between (such as c. TN), ranging from s. OH, s. IN, s. IL, and s. MO south to sw. NC, sc. SC, n. GA, AL, c. AR, and e. OK, but is cultivated and (at least sparsely) naturalized more widely.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Syn: = Ar, Il, K1, K3, K4, Mo3, NE, NY, W, Duley & Vincent (2003), Rudd (1972); = Cladrastis lutea – C, F, G, RAB, S, SE3, Isely (1981), Isely (1998)