Southern Live Oak is a large, long-lived native deciduoustreewith a short trunk, low branches, and broad rounded crown. The long leathery dark green foliage is nearly evergreen and only drops once new leaves are ready to replace them. Acorns with a scale a cap that covers 1/3 of the acorn are ripe within one season. Best grown infull sun and rich, moist, acidic well-drained soils. Spanish Moss often grows on Live Oak.
40’ - 80’
60’ - 100’
USDA Hardiness Zone:
8 - 10
Full Sun, Part Sun
Season of Interest:
MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low Maintenance. Root rot may be an issue in coastal areas, while Oak wilt is a serious issue in some areas. Insect gall may damage foliage appearance.
LANDSCAPE USES: Accents or Group Plantings, Borders, Woodland Gardens, Naturalized Areas, Wildlife Gardens, Privacy Screen, and Shade Tree.
IMAGES: (Form) Woodlot at EnglishWikipedia, Quercus virginiana 2010, CC BY-SA 3.0 (Acorns) KATHERINE WAGNER-REISS, Quercus virginiana—acorns, CC BY-SA 4.0 (With Spanish Moss) Brian Stansberry, Washington-oak-hampton-sc1, CC BY 3.0