Laurel Oak Tree- Quercus Laurifolia
The Laurel Oak Tree is extensively planted in the South and West as a landscape garden tree or in tree groups lined out along highways and roads to purify the noxious fumes from automobiles exhaust pipes. The Laurel Oak Tree is a moderate grower and produces abundant crops of acorns that are eaten vigorously by White Tail Deer, game birds such as Quail, Dove, Turkey, and Ducks and by squirrels and raccoons.
The acorns turn a brown black color on the Laurel Oak Tree in December and will cover the ground around Christmas when wildlife animal food is scarce. A mature Laurel Oak Tree can grow as tall as 100 feet, however, few native or artificially transplanted trees grow more than 60 feet. Record specimens of Laurel Oak Trees can mature with a tree diameter of 4 feet.
The Laurel Oak Tree wood has been used to make paper from the pulpwood. Tall Laurel Oak Trees are sawed into commercial timber and misshapen Laurel Oak Trees are often sawed into firewood. The Laurel Oak Tree thrives in soil types from Virginia to Florida and then westward to Texas. Laurel Oak Trees grow in wet soils or dry sandy areas and survive droughts better than most oak cultivars.