Laurel Oak - Quercus laurifolia
Growing along the southeastern coastal plain from Florida to eastern Texas, this is a tall, nearly evergreen oak of moist habitat, including streamsides and swamps. Short-lived, it grows more rapidly than most oaks, reaching a height of 100 feet, with a rounded crown. The straight trunk can exceed 4 feet in diameter, and the furrowed, thin bark is nearly black on mature trees. The leaves are shiny, leathery, up to 4 inches long, and sometimes 3-lobed near the tip. The one-inch acorns mature in two years and are, and are globe-shaped with a shallow cup.