S & J Tree Farm and Nursery's
for Northeast Florida Landscapes
( Quercus )
The official National tree of the United States.
There are over 600 species of Oak trees scattered across the globe.
Out of those several hundred species of Oak trees nineteen of them are native to Florida and will be
found growing wild in our natural areas and as cultivated plantings in our home landscapes where their acorns
provide valuable food for local wildlife.
Oaks are broken down into two categories and will either fall under the Red Oak category or
the White Oak Category depending on the following characteristics.
White Oak Group
Acorns mature in the fall and are formed on the tree annually. These
annual acorns of the White Oak group are generally sweeter and more palatable to humans and the wildlife that
depend on them as a food source for the fall and winter season.
Generally have a rounded leaf apex and rounded lobes and no
Red Oak Group (sometimes called Black Oak)
Red Oaks leaf lobes are generally pointed and are frequently tipped with
Acorns are bitter and mature the second year following formation on the
S & J Tree Farm and Nursery's Oak
for Norhteast Florida
Laurel Oak ( Quercus laurifolia )
Live Oak (Quercus virginiana)
Overcup Oak (Quercus lyrata)
Shumard Oak (Quercus shaumardii)
Link to a PDF of the Field Guide to the Native Oaks of North America