Live Oak

Quercus virginiana

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Basic Information

Other names

Virginia Live Oak, Coastal Live Oak

Order

Fagales

Family

Fagaceae

Size

20 - 60 ft

Leaf Color

Green

Leaf Arrangement

Alternate

Leaf Complexity

Simple

Leaf Shape

Elliptical/Obvate

Blooming Season

Spring

Bloom Color

Yellow

Attracts

Wildlife

Live Oak Habitat

Live Oaks (Quercus virginiana) thrive in the sandy coast plains and moist hammocks in the southeastern U.S.

Live Oak Facts

Live Oaks (Quercus virginiana) or Southern Live Oaks as they are commonly called do not grow to be very tall, but are still incredibly massive. Live Oaks are common sites along trails in the coastal southeast. They are often covered in Spanish moss. Their massive size provides shelter for many species of birds and their acorns are an important food source to birds and other mammals. Southern Live Oaks wood is extremely hard. When the Navy still used wooden ships, Live oak was the preferred choice for shipbuilding. In fact the first protected forest in the United States owns a tract of Live Oak, to ensure the Navy had access to shipbuilding materials. Its limbs often wave up and down. Native Americans would bend sapling limbs to serve as trail markers.

Live Oak Distribution



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