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 Guide to Growing a 

Live Oak Tree

for the Northeast Florida Landscape

Quercus virginiana )

Live Oak Tree Jacksonville Florida Landscape

Live Oak Origins:


- Native Florida tree


Live Oak Preferred Exposure:


- Full sun


Live Oak Foliage | Bark:


- Foliage of the Live Oak tree remains evergreen through the winter season and does not drop leaves until new growth emerges in the springtime.


- Foliage of the Live Oak tree can range from 1 1/2 to 5 inches in length and is a dark shiny green on the top of the leaf with a whitish green underside.


- Large established trees often draped with Spanish moss ( Tillandsia usneoides


- With age Live Oak's bark becomes heavily textured and dark in color.


Live Oak Soil Preference / Salt tolerance:


- Live Oak trees in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine landscape will tolerate virtually any soil condition. They are said to thrive on moisture in deep rich soils.


- Salt tolerant  


Live Oak Size Variance:


- Can reach sizes of 40-80 feet H | ad spreading up to twice as wide. 


Live Oak Growth Habit:


- Large spreading crown canopy shade tree.


Live Oak Growth Rate:


- Live Oak trees are slow to moderate growers with an extremely long life span.


Live Oak Bloom:


- Inconspicuous flowers followed by acorns


Live Oak Water Requirements:


- regular water


Butterfly or Bird Attracting:


- Live Oaks make a cherished home for birds and are loved by other wildlife, particularly squirrels as well.


Best Uses For Live Oaks in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine landscape:


- Live Oak is an excellent choice for an evergreen shade tree in larger landscapes that  allow plenty of room for the trees eventual wide sprawling branches to develop.


 - Take care when planting to keep a fair distance from sidewalks, driveways, or other hardscapes so that mature tree roots do not damage them.


Care of Live Oaks:


- Water every day during the establishment period. See watering your newly planted trees for more information.


-They will need good water during the establishment period and supplemental irrigation during dry spells or particularly hot dry summers.


- Prune limbs up and away from structural impediments such as sheds, fences or neighboring trees as they grow.


- Provide a 1 ft diameter circle of mulched area where grass is kept from growing for each inch of caliper (or diameter) of trunk measured 4 inches from the ground level.


- Fertilize each spring with a mixture of Milorganite and a slow release poly coated plant food such as Osmocote or Stay Green general purpose plant food, sprinkling the fertilizer around the mulch circle underneath the foliage of the tree



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