LAUREL OAK (Quercus laurifolia)
Also called Darlington Oak, Diamondleaf Oak, Swamp Laurel Oak, Laurel Leaf Oak, Obtusa Oak. Semievergreen shade tree similar to willow oak but has wider leaves over 1 inch long, often lobed on young trees. Native to moist areas in a limited range in east Texas. Not good in alkaline soils. Will be somewhat hard to find in nurseries. This is a poor alternative to live oak.