Live Oak Tree (Quercus virginiana)

  • Broadleafed
  • Evergreen

Live oak trees or Southern live oaks, in this case, (Quercus virginiana) are commonly found in the southeastern U.S. states from Virginia to Florid and west to Texas. “Live oak trees” are called such as they are evergreen. Southern live oaks are usually wider than they are tall, spreading to a width of 60-100 feet. Very similar (and often confused with the southern live oak) is the Texas live oak.

  • Alternate Common Name: Southern live oak, scrub live oak, bay live oak
  • Average Height: 40-80ft
  • Average Width: 60-100ft
  • Leaf Description: The leaves of Quercus virginiana are alternate, simple, evergreen, leathery, 2 to 5 inches long, oblong in shape with an entire or spiny margin. The upper surface is lustrous, the lower is pale and pubescent. Generally, not bristle-tipped.
  • Bark Description: The bark of live oaks consists of red-brown furrows with small surface scales.
  • Flowering: Quercus virginiana live oaks have staminate flowers borne on catkins. Pistillate flowers borne on spikes, appearing in spring.
  • Needle or Broadleaf: Broadleafed
  • Comments: None

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