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
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
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Quercus laurifoliaAlso known as:
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.
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
AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MD, MS, NC, PA, SC, TX, VA
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