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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


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