A picture of a Southern Live Oak

Southern Live Oak

Quercus virginiana

Also known as

Virginia Live Oak, Bay Live Oak, Plateau Oak, Plateau Live Oak, Escarpment Live Oak, Live Oak

Quercus virginiana 2010 by talk (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy

6a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

25m

Max

12m

8m

Min

4m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Southern Live Oak Overview

Quercus virginiana is considered a large, evergreen tree species from the Fagaceae family. Commonly known by the name Southern Live Oak or Live Oak, amongst many others, it may be found in southeastern America. This plant forms a rounded crown, easily branching low down, forming a short trunk with age. It is not truly evergreen as it can lose its foliage over cold winters, often dropping the leaves before new ones emerge in the spring.

How to propagate Southern Live Oak

Seed

Grafting

Grafting in late winter.

Special features of Southern Live Oak

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Southern Live Oak

Grown for their habit, foliage and, in some deciduous species their autumn colour. Suitable for coastal conditions. Attracts butterflies and a variety of wildlife.