central and eastern USA as far south as north-eastern Mexico
This tree naturally occurs in swampy areas in the eastern regions of North America. But it can also grow to become a tall tree in less moist areas. The broad, pyramidal crown is formed by branches that later hang straight down. This eventually produces a broad, ovoid, almost round crown. Crown width approx. 12 m. Young branches have round lenticels. The glossy leaves are oval to inverse ovoid. They have a smooth edge, sometimes slightly lobed with the top of the leaf tapering to a point. The tree has become well-loved thanks to its autumn colour. In the autumn, the tree is especially lovely, decked out in dark red, orange and sometimes yellow tints. The colour depends on the type of soil. The roots grow very deeply, making the tree difficult to transplant.