The Live Oak is a handsome shade tree, most popular in the Southeast, where it attains a very large size.
Description - The Live Oak is a large-sized tree, 40 to 50 feet in height, 3 to 4 feet in trunk diameter. It has a broad, buttressed base which branches close to the gound in a few massive, wide-spreading limbs, forming a broad, low, dense, round-topped crown.
Foliage - Leaves are simple, alternate, and persistent, falling in the spring when the new foliage appears. Leaves are 2 to 3 inches long, 1/2 to 2-1/2 inches wide, oval to elliptical-shaped, with an obtuse apex. Leaf bases are acutely wedge-shaped. Leaves are dark green and glabrous above, paler and pubescent below. Leaf petioles are stout and are 1/4 inch long.
Flowers - The flowers are unisexual.
Fruit - Fruit is an acorn, usually on long-stalked clusters of 3 to 5. The nut is ellipsoid or ovoid, brownish-black, and up to 1 inch long.
Bark - The bark is dark red-brown, up to 1 inch thick, somewhat furrowed, and separating into small scales.
Habitat - The Live Oak grows in sandy soils along the Atlantic and Gulf coastal dunes and ridges.
Range - It is found in Southeast Virginia south to South Florida and west to South and Central Texas, is local in Southwest Oklahoma and in Northeast Mexico to 300 feet and in Texas to 2000 feet. (Zones 8 thru 11)
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