Oak Trees

S & J Tree Farm and Nursery’s

Oak Trees

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 bristles. 


Red Oak Group (sometimes called Black Oak) 

Red Oaks leaf lobes are generally pointed and are frequently tipped with
fine bristles.  

Acorns are bitter and mature the second year following formation on the


 S & J Tree Farm and Nursery’s Common Oak
for Northeast Florida Landscapes

 Laurel oak Leaves up close in hand showing size of leaf blades

   Laurel Oak ( Quercus laurifolia )

Live Oak in the St. Augustine area Landscape  

  Live Oak (Quercus virginiana)

Nuttall oak  ( Quercus nuttalli)

Overcup Oak (Quercus lyrata)

Sand Live Oak (Quercus geminata)


    Shumard Oak (Quercus shaumardii)

Turkey Oak (Quercus laevis)

Willow oak (Quercus phellos)


Link to a PDF of the Field Guide to the Native Oaks of North America here!