Prefers slightly acid moist deep soils but does reasonably well on calcareous soils provided there is sufficient moisture. Leaf scorch may render it leafless in late summer when planted in dry conditions.
Associated Species: 
Bur Oak, Chinkapin Oak, Hackberry, Sugar Maple, Black Walnut, Black Cherry, Honeylocust, Kentucky Coffeetree, Shagbark Hickory and Beech.
Spring is best season for this tree. The white flowers against the green of the new leaves makes a good show and is an abundant nectar source for bees and hummingbirds. Trees planted in dry conditions (ridgetops, slopes, etc.) do lose their leaves by the end of summer. Those growing along the river banks do not appear to be affected.