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Laurel Oak (Quercus laurifolia Michx.)

Also known as swamp laurel oak.

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A bottomland oak of the southeastern United States.

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Native or Not Present
Introduced or Not Present
Native or Introduced

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.

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Mostly found on floodplains and along the margins of swamps. Often grows together with willow oak (Quercus phellos) but growing on slightly wetter sites than that species. In Central Florida, found in hammocks, and in West Florida, found on low sand hills adjacent to swamps.

Typically found in sandy soils.


Widely used in landscaping in its range, where it is planted and survives on a wider range of sites and soil types than it would be found on in the wild.

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Quercus laurifolia | Flora of North America (About This Site)

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