Live Oak (Quercus virginiana)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7b -15 °C (5 °F) to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 60 - 80 feet
Plant Spread: 60 - 120 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Yellow
Other: Pendulous catkins to 3 inches in length.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Not suitable for containers

Live Oak tree

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Jan 26, 2019 6:14 PM

For those (like me) unfamiliar with this tree, the reason it is called a 'live' oak is that it is evergreen rather than deciduous like most other oaks. They are found in warmer areas along the Atlantic coast from Virginia to Florida, and across the Gulf coast to California.

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 11, 2011 2:13 PM

The LIve Oak tree is found from Southeastern Virginia, south through Florida and west to Southeastern Texas. It is one of the most majestic trees of the south, growing to heights of 80' or more and has the strongest and heaviest wood of any tree in North America. Live Oak is an important food source for animals like the wild Turkey, Black Bear, White-Tailed Deer, the endangered Florida Scrub Jay and many squirrels.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 22, 2012 1:01 PM

Honey bees get nectar and honeydew from this plant. It is an important source of honeydew because it yields plenty of honeydew during drought periods of summer.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 18, 2013 7:16 PM

Georgia's state tree.

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