Oak, Live

S & J Nursery’s  Guide to Growing a

Live Oak Tree

for the Northeast Florida Landscape

Quercus virginiana )

Live Oak Origins:Live Oak in the St. Augustine area Landscape

– 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 Tree Jacksonville Florida 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 |Palm tree growing out of the crook in the limbs of a giant Live Oak tree Jacksonville 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