Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Trees, Evergreens
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: low
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: acid, neutral, alkaline, rich, average, poor, loam, clay, sand
Bloom Time: March, April, May
Bloom Color: yellow
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10
Additional Tags: attracts birds, drought tolerant, edible, evergreen, fall interest, salt tolerant, salt-spray tolerant, shade tree
Pricing & Availability
Quercus virginianaAlso known as:
southern live oak
Live oak is a stately, evergreen tree, synonymous with the south. It is slow growing and long lived. Mature trees can reach a height of 70' and a spread of 100', with trunks up to 6' in diameter. The long, drooping branches create a broad canopy making it an ideal shade tree.
Highly adaptable and easy to grow in light shade to full sun and in any type of soil. Quercus virginiana can be grow in a wettish environment, yet established trees are highly drought tolerant. Also native to the southern coastal areas, live oak are adapted to sandy soil that is occasionally flooded with salt water. These trees are highly resistant to strong winds. They are tolerant of air-born pollution, making them well suited for urban environments, though their strong root systems can damage sidewalks. They produce a fair amount of leaf litter in fall and winter. Zones 7-10
Propagate from seed.
It is difficult to find a down side to this majestic tree. Its acorns are of high nutritional value and an important food source for many animals, large and small.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TX, VA
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