Range and Habitat in Illinois
The native Yellow-Wood is a rare tree in natural areas of Illinois; it is state-listed as 'endangered' and restricted to the southern tip of the state (see Distribution Map). However, it is sometimes cultivated as a landscape tree. Habitats include rich mesic woodlands in river valleys, lower slopes of wooded bluffs, shaded banks of rivers (above the floodplain zone), and protected rocky coves in mountainous areas. Yellow-Wood is found in high quality natural areas where deciduous trees are abundant. Because of its thin bark, Yellow-Wood is intolerant of fire.