Quercus geminata

sand live oak


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Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 40 ft    Width: to 30 ft
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Hurricane wind resistance, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Specimen tree.
Propagation: Seed, but readily available as a containerized sapling.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: adaptable


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  • Valued by the Florida scrub-jay for its acorns which are relatively low in tanins
  • Used by woodpeckers and wild turkey
  • Valued by squirrels and other mammals including white tailed deer
  • Larval host plant for oak hairstreak (Fixsenia favonius), Horace's duskywing (Erynnis horatius), red-banded hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) and white-M hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album) butterflies; possible larval host for Juvenal's duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis)
Native Habitats: Scrub, sandhill, scrubby flatwoods, flatwoods, coastal hammocks. Increases in flatwoods under winter burn management.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Slower growing and generally smaller than live oak. Extremely drought tolerant. In environments where there is fire, this is often a small clonal shrub or cluster of small trees.
Citations: Larval host information from Institute for Regional conservation, https://www.regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Quergemi