Quercus laurifolia

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Laurel Oak, Swamp Laurel Oak


Plant Specifics

Size:60-100 ft tall by 40--80 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Deciduous. Blooms early spring (wind pollinated, inconspicuous flowers). Acorns ripen in 2nd fall.
Habitats:River floodplains, secondary woods.


Recommended Uses:Often grown as a specimen tree, fast growing.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Clay, Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand



Produces acorns that are used by rodents, including squirrels, and other mammals

Acorns used by woodpeckers, jays, and wild turkeys.

High in tannins.

Used for cover and nesting by a variety of bird species

Larval host for Horace’s Duskywing (Erynnis horatius) and White M Hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album).

Larval host for several moth species (some of the caterpillars are not appreciated)