In spring, the numerous yellow flowers give this tree a distinctive appearance. The tree grows well in fertile, moist, and well-drained soils. Still, it can be found in poorer, rocky soil as well. It is widely distributed in Ohio. The wood is hard, close-grained, and heavy, making this a very valuable timber tree. It has many uses, including for flooring, furniture, veneer, musical instruments, and a variety of woodenware. In terms of quantity produced, this tree is the best source of maple sugar, and has been used as such since the days of early settlement. Before then it was used by Native American Indians.