Quercus laevis

turkey oak


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 30-40 ft    Width: 10-15 ft
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Hurricane wind resistance, fall color, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Specimen or shade tree.
Considerations: Difficult to transplant once it has formed its tap root.
Propagation: Seed. Small containerized plants.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand


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  • Used by woodpeckers and wild turkey
  • Valued by squirrels and other mammals including white tailed deer
  • Used by birds for resting and nesting
  • Larval host plant forHorace's duskywing (Erynnis horatius), red-banded hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) and white-M hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album) butterflies)
Native Habitats: Sandhill, scrub, scrubby sandhill. Increases in sandhill where long leaf pines were removed and where burns are restricted to winter.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

This is one of the few Florida oaks that looks like an oak to most people from the eastern US north of Florida. Tends to be smaller toward the southern end of its range.