Live Oak Photo Gallery
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.