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Fast Growing, Long-Lived Oak

The Southern Live Oak Tree, Quercus virginiana, is a large, broad-leafed evergreen tree. Use one as a dependable shade tree for your back yard, or plant a few as an impressive property line demarcation.

The U.S.S. Constitution received its nickname of “Old Ironsides” because of its Southern Live Oak hull. It’s said that the hull was so strong that cannon balls couldn't penetrate it…and that’s just the beginning of this remarkable tree’s virtues.

Your Southern Live Oak is perhaps the most spreading Oak tree available, providing both outstanding shade and an elegant appearance. It can even be expected to live over 200 years. In fact, one in Louisiana is said to have lived over 1000 years!

With such a long life, it’s obviously also an exceptionally hardy tree, resistant to pests and disease so you won’t have to fuss over it as you might some other popular landscape trees. When other Oaks drop their leaves for a winter rest, Live Oak maintains its “live” appearance with vibrant, green leaves all year round. Live Oak is certainly one of the most interesting and impressive trees you’ll ever own in your yard.

Your Southern Live Oak will grow up to 80 feet tall with a 90 foot spread. It has a spreading habit, is incredibly strong and adaptable to a variety of conditions.

On the Gulf Coast, Southern Live Oak Trees often support many types of epiphytic plants, including Spanish moss which hangs in long, weeping garlands. With the Spanish moss spilling over its long branches, Southern Live Oak Tree has one of the most distinctive appearances of any tree, and will certainly be an awe-inspiring and picturesque addition to your landscape this year.

* Green year round
* Fast growing
* Strong wood
* Adaptive to a variety of conditions
* Long lived

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Southern Live Oak Is Suited to Grow in Zones 8-10
Growing Zones 8-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Quercus virginiana
Foliage Evergreen
Mature Height 50 - 80 feet
Mature Spread 70 - 90 feet
Soil Type Widely adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Fall Color Evergreen