Laurel Oak is a large, rapidly growing tree. Its characteristics are similar to the other white and red oaks. It can reach heights of up to 60 feet with a wide canopy making it the perfect shade tree. It’s planted along the streets of the southeastern United States and has become one of the more prolific trees in the region.
Laurel Oak is a very coarse-grained wood with medium-to-large pores. Laurel oak lacks the same level of decay and rot resistance as white oak, but it still serves as a suitable wood for crafting cabinets, furniture, and veneer.
Laurel Oak grows right in our backyard. We cleared some trees to make room for our new kiln, and many of the logs were Laurel Oak. Instead of sending them to get chipped and thrown away, we created beautiful posts, slabs, and more wood materials. Though we gathered some logs from our backyard, we continue to receive felled Laurel Oak from local areas to keep the beautiful slabs coming.
Names: Laurel Oak, Water Oak, Obtusa Oak, Swamp Laurel Oak
Weight: 4 lbs./bd.ft.
Janka Hardness: 1210
Uses: Cabinetry, furniture, interior trim, flooring, and veneer