Quercus hemisphaerica Bartram ex Willdenow. Sand Laurel Oak, Darlington Oak. Phen: Mar-Apr; Sep-Nov (of the second year). Hab: Longleaf pine sandhills, dry hammocks, and other dry, sandy soils, a component of maritime forests with Q. virginiana, and widely planted as a street tree in most parts of our region. Dist: Essentially a Southeastern Coastal Plain endemic: se. VA south to c. FL and west to s. TX, north uncommonly in the interior to nc. AL, n. MS, and s. AR.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Syn: = Ar, C, F, FNA3, K3, K4, Tx, Va, Hunt (1990); = Quercus laurifolia – S, misapplied; > Quercus hemisphaerica var. hemisphaerica – K1; > Quercus hemisphaerica var. maritima – K1; < Quercus laurifolia – Fl2, RAB, WH3