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Quercus virginiana

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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

Height: 40'-70'

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

Quercus virginiana (live oak)
  • Quercus virginiana (live oak)
  • Acorn of Quercus virginiana (live oak)
  • Quercus virginiana (live oak)

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Quercus virginiana

Also known as:

live oak


southern live oak

Scientific Synonyms:


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.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Hamamelididae
Order Fagales
Family Fagaceae Beech family
Genus Quercus oak
Species Quercus virginiana live oak