As the name suggests, the leaves of this tree have large, coarse teeth. The tree grows in moist soil near streams, and frequently is one of the first trees to grow in abandoned fields and burned-over areas. Although widely distributed in Ohio, it is more common in the northern part of the state. Human use of this tree is mainly as pulpwood, although it sometimes is used in rough construction. Much of the tree, however, is used by animals. The beaver uses it both for food and construction, and several other mammals and birds use the bark, twigs and buds as food.