Quercus virginiana

  • BOTANICAL NAME:  Quercus virginiana
  • COMMON NAME: Live Oak
  • FAMILY: Fagaceae
  • NATIVITY: Southern coastal-plain
  • GROWTH HABIT: 40-80’
  • HARDINESS:  USDA Zone (7)8 to 10
  • OPTIMUM GROWING CONDITIONS:  Sandhills and sandy woods, very salt and sun tolerant  
  • SUCCESSIONAL STATUS: Climax
  • FACULTATIVE STATUS:  Facultative Upland
  • LANDSCAPE VALUE:  Grows well in sandy areas, shape almost resembles Ilex
  • FOLIAGE: Alternate, simple, evergreen, entire
  • BUDS:  Imbricately scaled, reddish-brown and glabrous
  • BARK:  Grows blocky almost like D. virginiana in old growth, darkens in old growth but new stems are lighter
  • FRUIT:  1-5 per stalk, nearly enclosed nut
  • PESTS:  Gall, oak wilt, bacterial leaf scorch
University of Delaware

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