The Redbud is a relatively small tree with a short trunk and spreading branches. The smooth bark is dark brown to gray or black. On older trees it is marked with shallow furrows and scaly ridges. This tree grows well on moist soils in valleys and on slopes. It typically can be found as an under story tree in hardwood forests. Also, since landscapers frequently use the Redbud as an ornamental, it is common in gardens and along streets. According to Lucy Braun it grows especially well on limestone soils in the southwestern part of Ohio. The Redbud grows throughout much of the eastern United States and westward to Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and parts of northeastern Mexico. While present in most of Ohio the tree is more common in the southern 2/3 of the state. People have used the red roots of this tree to make a dye. The wood may be of some commercial value in local areas. The greatest value of the Redbud to people, however, is an ornamental tree. For a few birds its fruit provides food.