- Classic southern oak
- Huge branches festooned with Spanish Moss
- Has been called "one of the most impressive trees in North America."
- Grows rapidly when young
- Grows 40' to 80' with an 80' spread
- Zones 7 to 10
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, CA, FL, HI, LA, OR
Zones 7 - 10
The Live Oak can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Live Oak falls into the following type(s): Shade Trees
40' - 80' High
The Live Oak grows to be 40' - 80' feet in height.
60' - 100' Spread
The Live Oak has a spread of about 60' - 100' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. [More about this.]
This oak does well in full sun, partial shade.
The Live Oak grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wide range, clay soils.
This oak has rounded, spreading or horizontal shape.
The Live Oak tree has been called majestic, romantic, and "one of the most impressive trees in North America." They will thrive in almost any location and have superior wind resistance. The character of Live Oaks can change dramatically with location, however. On drier sites it assumes a dwarf form and near the northern climates it drops its leaves in the fall like any ordinary broad-leaf tree.
Sweet live oak acorns are at the top of the food preference list for birds such as wood ducks, wild turkeys, quail, and jays, and mammals such as squirrels, raccoons, and whitetail deer.
The Live Oak provides one of the most indelible images of the Old South. The huge branches of Live Oak festooned with Spanish Moss and spreading horizontally over grassy lawns conjure up images of antebellum plantations. The tree has long been a favorite tree not only for its beauty and shade, but for its strong and dense wood. It was once so valuable for wooden vessels that the Navy maintained its own Oak forests. The early Native Americans liked it too, extracting an oil from its sweet acorns that was something akin to modern olive oil. It earned its place in American history as the lumber used in the construction of the naval frigate USS Constitution, and when British cannon balls bounced off the hull during a battle, the vessel was thereafter known as "Old Ironsides."
Normal moisture requirements. Has some flooding and drought tolerance.
This tree's leaves are leathery, 2 to 5 inches long and usually have a smooth margin that rolls slightly downward and inward. They are dark, glossy green on top and paler beneath, often with fine down. The leaves persist into the following spring.
This tree produces acorns that are green, turning dark brown at maturity. They are about 3/4 inch long and borne singly or in clusters of up to 5.
This magnificent, broadleaf evergreen tree will be a picturesque addition to your landscape. It grows rapidly when young and may live to be centuries old. Adapts to almost any soil. Live Oaks can be used as street trees. Tolerant of salt spray. Grows 40'-80', with an 80' spread. (Zones 7-10)
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The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.