Large deciduous tree, can reach heights of 45.7 meters (150ft). Distinctive bark is white with dark splotches giving bark a mottled, sickly appearance. Bark may be peeling in upper trunk and brances. Leaves are large, 12.7-20.3cm (5-8in) with round, shallow sinuses. Fruits are spherical, bumpy, and hard with seed fuzz inside.
Found in moist soils near water sources. Ranges along Eastern Seaboard through Midwest. Have been found as far west as Arizona.
Uses and Parts Used
Tea from inner bark used to treat dysentery, colds, lung ailments, measles, and cough. Bark has emetic and laxative effects.