This large deciduous tree is sometimes called Spanish Oak. It is not native to Spain but does occur in areas of the southeastern U.S. once owned by Spain. It is a long-lived, durable tree, tolerant of poor soils, and an important timber tree. Its bark is used for tanning leather. The species name derives from the resemblance of the leaves to a scythe. It is a common tree here in Aiken and produces many small acorns.