Like a number of other species of Cyclorhipidion, the species has a clear preference for trees in the family Fagaceae, and most records are from Quercus, with rare attacks on Castanea (Bussler and Immler 2007). Also recorded from Pinus (Pinaceae) and Populus (Salicaceae) (Lightle et al. 2007).
McPherson et al.(2008) note that the species attacks Quercus previously attacked by pathogenic fungi, resulting in the spread of decay fungi and increased tree mortality.