The impressive fall coloration of the leaves gives this tree its common name. It is an upland tree, growing in sandy and gravelly soils on ridges, bluffs, and dry slopes. In Ohio, it mainly is found in the southern and eastern parts of the state. The coarse-grained, strong wood has similar uses to that of Red Oak, but is considered by some to be inferior. The tree grows rapidly, and with its attractive foliage makes a desirable ornamental or shade tree. Wildlife make some use of the acorns as food.