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Quercus virginiana/Live Oak

Quercus virginiana / Quercus virginiana
Normal form of an unpruned mature live oak tree
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Normal form of an unpruned mature live oak tree

Male catkin flowers

A portion of the grand avenue of oaks at Oak Alley in South Louisiana

A canopy of the live oak in early spring

Early spring color and spreading canopy

An old specimen tree

Typical, broad spreading, mushroom form


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Scientific Name: Quercus virginiana
Common Name: Live Oak
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: over 50 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Black
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
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Comments: Live oaks grow to 60 feet tall and can spread twice that distance. It is not uncommon for the long limbs of an older oak to touch the ground. It has a commanding presence in the landscape and should only be used on very large properties or public grounds. A long-lived, evergreen tree that is easily transplanted even in relatively large sizes. Almsot black acorns on this member of the white oak group are generally produced on an annual basis and serve as wildlife food.