Sandhill Forest

By William T. Hathaway

Sandhill Forest

When driving from the central piedmont to the beaches in southeastern North Carolina, it is likely that you will pass through an area known as the Sandhills. The small turkey oaks (Quercus laevis) and tall long-leaf pines are the predominant trees on sandhill sites; white sandy soil reflects excessive heat during summer months, and the porous sands fail to retain required moisture for the survival of most native trees. Turkey oaks and long-leaf pines have adapted to these unfavorable environmental conditions.


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