Quercus virginiana

live oak


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 40-80 ft    Width: 40-100 ft
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Hurricane wind resistance, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Large specimen tree or shade tree.
Considerations: Massive low hanging branches often droop to touch the ground--make sure you allow plenty of room for this tree. Can be somewhat messy especially if loaded with Spanish moss.
Propagation: Seed, but readily available as a potted plant.
Availability: Big box stores, Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement   light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: adaptable


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Produces mast used by many mammals, good nesting habitat for birds and squirrels. Acorns provide a good food source for many types of birds and mammals.
Native Habitats: Tropical rockland hammock, pine rockland in fire-suppressed areas and near tropical rockland hammock, upper edges of floodplains, margins of ponds and lakes, levees and second bottoms, secondary woods, roadsides, mesic to dry mesic hammock.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

This species is broadly planted. It is one of the few native trees that is widely available. Noted for its twisty form, tolerance of root damage, and longevity. Its nearly horizontal branches are often populated with resurrection fern and other epiphytes.