This is a small tree that sometimes grows as a large shrub. The trunk is short, usually branching near the ground. The bark is brown with red-tinged scales. The Fringe Tree prefers moist soils, and it most commonly grows along stream banks and swamp borders. The Fringe Tree ranges from southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania south to Florida, and westward to Texas. In Ohio it occurs in a few southern and southeastern counties. The wood of the Fringe Tree has no commercial value. Landscapers, however, often use it for its ornamental value as a garden or lawn tree.