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This majestic Oak is the one you see at famed southern plantations, draped in Spanish moss under which ladies drank mint juleps and fanned themselves through summer. It is undeniably stately and carries a broad canopy of small green leaves that truly evokes an era gone by. The bark has incredible texture that only adds to the architectural glory this tree presents, and small acorns attract a multitude of wildlife.

Live Oak Tree

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Few trees are as strong and awe-inspiring as the Live Oak. 

A large, spreading tree with reclining branches, it thrives in rich, coastal soils and along the banks of streams and rivers. 

Often covered in Spanish Moss, the tree evokes images of southern weddings and historical small towns. With the moss draping over its long branches, the Live Oak has one of the most distinctive appearances of any tree. 

Its impressive branches wind out toward the sky, causing speckled light to filter to the ground beneath it. 

The strength of the tree's wood is legendary. It was a common component of early American ships, specifically used to make hulls because of its curved nature and incredible tensile strength. The wood is a soothing yellow-brown in color. 

Acorns, a by-product of the tree, are a sweet attraction to a variety of birds and animals including ducks, deer and squirrels. 

Because of its broad, sweeping branches, ensure there is ample room when planting to accommodate this fast growing beauty.














Growing Zones: 7-10

Mature Height: 40-80 ft.
Mature Width: 60-100 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Quercus virginiana 'Live Oak'
Growing Zones 7-10
This plant is recommended for zones: 7-10
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It's Easy to Plant your Live Oak Tree

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Live Oak Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Live Oak Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Live Oak Tree again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Live Oak Tree
So far, the tree looks happy in its spot. I hope it will get more horizontal branches like the Houston and Austin ones have.
Do you know if it will get that twisted look with age? I am hoping, too, that it remain green all winter here as they do there, but don't know that, either. Any advise is appreciated.
It looks as good as the day it arrived, or better.
Thank you, Ellen
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How fast does it grow?
A shopper on Jul 9, 2014
Best Answer: The Live Oak Tree grows about 2 1/2 feet a year.
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When is it good to plant oak tree in MN?
A shopper on Jun 24, 2014
Best Answer: It is best to plant in the early Spring or early Fall. If you aren't experiencing scorching summer heat you can go ahead and plant it now.
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can I plant in zone 6?
A shopper on Jun 25, 2014
Best Answer: I would sure think so. I live in the Dallas area and we had a tough winter this past year with temperatures as low as 9. Some of the leaves turned brown from the freeze but they look great now.
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why don't Live Oaks ship to FL?
A shopper on Jun 23, 2014
Best Answer: Florida has agricultural laws put in place that prevent us from shipping Live Oak Trees there.
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When planting a live oak, is it best to plant a smaller tree ( 3" in diameter) as opposed to a larger (6" in diameter) tree? I was told the larger ones take 3 to 5 years to develop their root system and therefore higher chance of losing tree.
Sally S on Jul 21, 2014
Best Answer: It's equally safe to plant either size. However both sizes may take a year to get established into their new environments. The root systems should already be developed on these trees, and the larger size should have an older more mature root system that would possibly help the tree get established more quickly.
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I live in dry el paso tx. will the live oak tree thrive here?
Jose E on Jul 8, 2014
Best Answer: The Live Oak Tree will thrive in El Paso Texas.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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roots on this tree are they invasive?
A shopper on Jul 26, 2014
Best Answer: i bought one last year and it still hasn't grown enough to notice. I wouldnt plant near any water lines. I believe with good space it will be fine.
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The leaves are turning brown. It is August and I just planted the tree 2 weeks ago. I'm in Texas, but water it regularly. Is it ok that the leaves are turning brown?
Mpfortney on Aug 29, 2014
Best Answer: I had the same problem last fall where my oak was loosing its leaves in November, just before the first frost, I was a bit confused because they're evergreen, even if they loose they're leave really early it's probably just shock from being in a box. Trees can go into shock after a transplant and it's not uncommon. I'm pretty sure you're tree will re leaf next spring, if not sooner because you have a much milder climate than here in southwestern Connecticut. Hoped this helps
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iNGRID b on Oct 20, 2014
Best Answer: The Live Oak grows best in full sun.
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why cant you ship it to calif . or az?
al a on Aug 31, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately California and Arizona have agricultural laws put in place that legally prevents us from shipping this tree there.
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Will the live oak live in silt, colorado?
Kelly M on Jul 19, 2014
Best Answer: As long as you're in zones 7 - 10 in Colorado the Live Oak Tree will do very well. They commonly grow by rivers in sandy loamy soils and can tolerate clay.

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Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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