Darlington Oak - Quercus hemisphaerica
Similar to Laurel Oak (Q. laurifolia), this is a Southeastern species, growing near the coast and inland as well on dry sites. It is a pioneering species, establishing itself in second-growth forests and other recently disturbed sites. The trees are medium-sized to large, sometimes more than 100 feet in height, with a straight, wide trunk and broad crown. This is a red oak with elliptical, untoothed leaves, up to 5 inches long. They are semi-evergreen or evergreen. The acorns are rounded, more than ½-inch long; they take 18 months to mature.