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Quercus laurifolia

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Trees, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist, wet

Soil Description: neutral, rich, average, poor, loam, clay, sand

Height: 40'-60'

Bloom Time: March, April

Bloom Color: yellow

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10

Additional Tags: fall interest, pond margin plant, semi-deciduous, shade tree, showy fruit, stream margin plant

Quercus laurifolia (laurel oak)
  • Quercus laurifolia (laurel oak)
  • Quercus laurifolia (laurel oak)
  • Quercus laurifolia (laurel oak)
  • Quercus laurifolia (laurel oak)

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Quercus laurifolia

Also known as:

laurel oak


Scientific Synonyms:

Quercus hemisphaerica, Quercus obtusa, Quercus phellos, Quercus succulenta


Laurel oak is a fast growing, short lived (up to 70 years) shade tree. It has a rounded, dense canopy and can grow almost as wide as it can grow tall: up to 60'. The leathery green leaves resemble those of Laurels, hence the common name. It is deciduous in the northern limits of its native range, and semi-deciduous in the south. It produces rounded acorns that are an important food source for a variety of wildlife. The yellowish flowers are unremarkable.


Native to the southeastern coastal plains of the US, Quercus laurifolia is adapted to wet, conditions and poor drainage. It is moderately drought tolerant. It will grow in most soils except for alkaline with a ph level above 7. Because of its rapid growth rate, it is recommended to prune this tree during its early stages to encourage the development of a strong trunk and lower limbs. Bloom times are during March and April. Zones 7-10


Most commonly and easily propagated from seed, it may also be propagated by hardwood cuttings.

Additional Notes

Laurel oak is one of the fastest growing shade trees. Care should be taken to use proper pruning techniques. Damaged or improperly pruned limbs can lead to early rot and shorten this tree's life span.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Hamamelididae
Order Fagales
Family Fagaceae Beech family
Genus Quercus oak
Species Quercus laurifolia laurel oak