Quercus virginiana
KWER-kus vir-gin-ee-AH-nuh

Southern Live Oak, Live Oak
Fagaceae (Beech family)
Origin: Southeastern United States

 

 

 

 

 

©Street Tree Division
City of Los Angeles - Department of Public Works
Bureau of Street Services

Species characteristics:
Form - Semievergreen. Moderately fast growing tree to a mature height of 40' or more with a broad umbrella-shape with spreading heavy-limbed low branching crown twice as wide or more.

Trunk - Broad gray trunk when immature turns dark brown or gray to almost black when mature. Deep tight furrows run the length of the trunk.

Foliage - Elliptical or oblong entire leaves are 1 1/2 - 4" long by
5/8 - 2" wide with thick, rounded tip, sometimes ending in tiny teeth. The edges are usually straight and slightly rolled under, rarely with a few spiny teeth. They are dark green and shiny above, gray-green and densely hairy on undersides, shedding after new leaves develop in the spring.

Flowers/fruit - Male flowers insignificant, borne in racemes in spring. Fruit are narrow, oblong elliptic acorns, 5/8 - 1" long, of which one fourth to one half is enclosed by a deep reddish-brown cup. Acorns are green, becoming brown; long-stalked; maturing first year.

No significant pest problems are known at this time.

Site suitability:

Sunset zones - 4 - 24.

Clearances - Suitable for 7' minimum parkways, medians or cutouts.

Good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns.

Culture considerations:
Prefers deep, rich soil (but will grow in alkaline soil), needs ample water and hot summer climate. Will do well in low deserts with watei High resistance to salt spray.