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Quercus virginiana

 Live Oak

One of the trees most associated with the South, especially when draped in Spanish moss. A wonderful slow growing, but long lived tree which can become very large and spreading. The acorns are a favorite of birds, squirrels and other animals.  

Live Oak, Quercus virginiana


Live Oak leaves. Click to enlarge.

Live Oak bark. Click to enlarge.


Plant Facts:

Common Name:   Live Oak

Botanical Name:   Quercus virginiana

Plant Type:  Deciduous tree

Zones: 8-11

Height:  50-60'

Soil Requirements:  Various soils, but needs excellent drainage.

Water Requirements: High drought tolerance.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade.

Leaves:  Leathery, narrow leaves, 4-5" long.

Flowers: Pendulous, yellowish catkins.

Fruit: 3/4" edible acorn. A major source of food for wildlife.

Uses:  Good shade tree for dry locations. Give plenty of space, the tree grows slowly but can eventually spread its branches more than 150'.

Propagation:  Seeds.

Source: Native Florida Plants, Revised Edition

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