Handsome trees with yellow wood, smooth bark, and deciduous leaves. Twigs moderate, terete, somewhat zigzag; pith moderate, round, continuous, pale. Buds sessile, either solitary and scaly or in superposed groups and not distinctly scaly; end-bud lacking. Leaf-scars alternate, 2-ranked, half-round or horseshoe-shaped and encircling the bud; bundle-traces 3 or 5; stipule-scars lacking.
1. C. lutea (Michx, f.) K. Koch. Yellowwood. Virgilia. A small tree to 17 m. high; twigs red-brown; buds short, scarcely 5 mm. long. Rich woods, especially on limestone outcrops, Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky, south to Georgia and Alabama.