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Quercus laevis [= Quercus catesbaei]

Turkey Oak

Scientific Name:

Quercus laevis [= Quercus catesbaei]

Genus:

Quercus

Species Epithet:

laevis

Common Name:

Turkey Oak

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fagaceae (Beech Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

36-72 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

April

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Sandhills, primarily in very xeric soils of deep sandy deposits (Carolina bay rims, old beach dunes, early Cenozoic deposits of the Sandhills Province), or inland from the Coastal Plain on dry ridges and slopes over quartzite or other acidic rock types. Very common to often abundant in the southern half of the NC Coastal Plain, in areas where Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris) is present – the Sandhills region and the southern counties from Croatan National Forest (Craven) south to the SC state line. Generally fairly common to locally common in the central Coastal Plain, but uncommon and local northward. Very rare in the Piedmont portion of the range.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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