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Live Oak: Quercus virginiana



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huge, old live oak

Family: Fagaceae

Above: large old live oak, Below: live oaks in median park Use: specimen, parks, municipal and commercial landscapes, coastal landscapes
low country median

Plant: evergreen tree to 50' with greater spread, sprouts from roots and acorns to form colonies

Origin: southeast USA coastal communities and hammocks, dominant species

: 8 - 10

: inconspicuous catkins in spring. Followed by acorns in fall.

Foliage: simple, waxy held until late winter, then quickly replaced with a new flush. Spanish moss is a common companion. Dense canopy in open areas, more open canopy in forests.

: sun to part sun. Rich, well-drained, mesic soil. Tolerant of shade, salt spray, flooding, and drought. 2009, Last Updated January 19, 2009