This is a deciduous native of the southeastern U.S. It is slow-growing to 60 feet. The compound leaves are bright green in summer and brilliant yellow in fall. While it may not flower every year in this climate, the blooms are beautiful when they do arrive: clusters of fragrant, white flowers that clearly show this species to be a member of the pea family. The wood, when cut, is a bright yellow.
Many books still identify the yellowwood by its former name of Cladrastis lutea.