Darlington oak Fagaceae Quercus hemisphaerica Bartram ex Willd. Listen to the Latin symbol: QUHE2 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, entire but may have a few shallow lobes at tip, elliptical to oblong-obovate, leathery and nearly evergreen, edges may be rolled, 1 to 3 inches long, 1/2 to 1 inch wide, shiny dark green above, paler below.
Flower: Species is monoecious; male flowers are yellow-green long catkins (1 1/2 to 3 inches long), females are green to reddish, very small spike in leaf axils, appearing with the leaves.
Fruit: Small acorn (1/2 inch or less), nut round, brown with some fuzz, cap is shallow covering 1/4 of nut.
Twig: Slender, light brown to gray, hairless; buds are sharp pointed reddish brown and clustered at twig ends.
Bark: Initially smooth, and gray-brown, later splitting into fissures and flat ridges and becoming darker.
Form: Medium size tree to 60 feet, 1 to 3 feet in diameter, usually smaller with a rounded crown.

Looks like: laurel oak - shingle oak - bluejack oak - willow oak
leaf flower fruit twig bark form map
Additional Range Information:
Quercus hemisphaerica is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting Darlington oak.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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