Little is known about floral-faunal relationships for this rare tree. The flowers are probably pollinated by bumblebees and other large long-tongued bees. Yellow-Wood is one of the host plants of a leaf beetle, Odontota dorsalis (Locust Leaf Miner); the larvae of this beetle are leaf-miners, while the adults chew holes in the leaves. There is some evidence that an overpopulation of White-Tailed Deer can contribute to the decline of Yellow-Wood in protected natural areas (Mitchell et al., 1997; Lindsey et al., 1969). Young trees, in particular, may be vulnerable to the effects of deer browsing on their leaves and twigs.