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Growing Zones: 7-10



Growing Zones 7-10
This plant is recommended for zones: 7-10
(green area above)

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

40-80 ft.

Mature Width:

60-100 ft.

Sunlight:

Full to Partial

Drought Tolerance:

Good

Botanical Name:

Quercus virginiana

Does Not Ship To:

AZ, CA, FL, LA, OR

Fastest Growing Oak!

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.





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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
September 29, 2014
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
7
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Our LIVE OAK
Our live Oak Tree is doing great. Looks good & green.
We are in zone 6 in Kansas and know Live Oak are not recommend for the area., But it is doing wonderful. We can tell you more after the first winter.
If we had it to do over again we would not hesitate in buying
another Live Oak for our area.
Very Pleased
July 24, 2015
Spring Hil, KS
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1 year ago
Growing Zone:
6
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Tender
 
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our live oak is growing at a medium rate but very healthy and within 2 months has new growth. I am very happy with tree
July 30, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
8
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My first Live Oak
I was worried about this oak originally but then it just started sprouting leaves all over. It seems very healthy and I expect a great deal more growth next year.

I am very glad that I bought this tree.
October 6, 2015
Azalea, OR
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1 year ago
Growing Zone:
8
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A new Live Oak fanatic
I have planted 3 Live Oaks in the past couple years. Initially I just loved the look of them, but have now accepted that climate change is having a strong impact on what I can successfully grow. I live in a notoriously wet and mild climate but in the past several years I've noticed higher heat, more extreme temperatures and drought like conditions here. The kinds of trees and plants that used to thrive here are dying off and the warmer weathered plants are thriving such as these hardy Oaks. Live Oaks, Italian Cypress, Leland Cypress, Hybrid Poplars, Fruit Trees and various Pines are growing like gang busters in my yard while the Rhododendrons, Douglas Firs, and various evergreen and thuja types are slowly dying off or struggling. Live Oaks are proving to be extremely resilient and the perfect tree in our changing climate. I'm now planting for the future climate we will be 20 years from now, which will be even hotter and drier than it is now. It's no use ignoring the obvious climate changes and better to prepare my yard for this warming world.
July 5, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
8

Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Live Oak Tree


Live Oak Tree Planting Diretions

Choosing a location: The mighty, majestic oak tree has, throughout the centuries, been the subject of story, song and proverb. More than 80 species of this beautiful tree are found in North America. All oaks are deciduous trees with furrowed bark. When choosing your location pick a spot that will accommodate a full-grown oak, they can get to be 60-80 feet tall and 60-100 feet wide at maturity. Do not plant too close to structures, streets, or sidewalks. 

Planting directions: 

1) Dig your hole and make it twice as wide as the diameter and as deep as the depth of the root ball.

2) Mix in good compost with the soil you've removed from the planting site. The addition of beneficial mycorrhizal fungi is the best contribution you can make to your oak tree's soil and to the long-term viability of your tree. (Available for purchase in Diehard Transplant Fertilizers).

3) Keep the tree straight as you backfill in the hole, gently tamping down the soil with your shovel until it's firm.

4) Water the planting area thoroughly allowing the water to really soak into the ground. Spread a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the tree but avoid it being too close to the base, as this will promote fungus and rot. 

Watering: Over-watering is a common tree care mistake. A damp soil that dries for a short period will allow adequate oxygen to permeate the soil. As a rule of thumb your soil should be kept moist. Usually 30 seconds with a steady stream of water from a garden hose once a week in the cooler seasons is sufficient. In warmer climates you may need to water 2-3 times weekly. Cease watering during the winter. 

Pruning: Pruning your tree during the winter months will allow it to care for its wounds in spring, when it will recover more quickly. At first limit trimming only to dead or broken branches on newly planted trees. Two to three years after planting you can begin developmental trimming to shape the tree.

Fertilizing: Oak trees experience a quick spurt of growth in the spring, followed by slower spurts of growth throughout the summer and fall seasons. Apply your fertilizer in the early spring before this initial spring growth spurt starts. The best fertilizers for oaks are those with a nutrient ratio of 12-6-6 or 12-4-8. While a healthy oak tree doesn't technically require fertilization, occasional feeding can help boost tree growth and acorn production. 

Oak wood has a very high density creating great strength and hardness. The wood was widely used in early civilizations for sea ships in exploration. Oaks were held in such high esteem that they were used as congregation points for village elders when determining laws and morals of their township. Oaks can grow to be very ancient providing they are able to mature. There are some of these trees alive today that are said to be over 1000 years old!


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Looking for a fast growing shade tree that does well in my area, coastal SC,
Jan H on Apr 19, 2016
Love them
karla D on Feb 19, 2016
Great tree, fast growing and making an impression.
Iwona H on Mar 29, 2016
suited our needs
James M on Feb 18, 2016
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.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 17, 2014
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.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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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.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Sep 3, 2014
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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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can I plant in zone 6?
A shopper on Jun 25, 2014
Best Answer: It is not recommended for your zone. It is for zones 7-10.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Oct 23, 2014
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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
Reply (1) · Report · Dianna D on Sep 1, 2014
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when is the best time of year to plant the live oak in eastern n.c.?
KEVIN F on Aug 18, 2015
Best Answer: well, I bought mine in mid-June and it is doing fine. You must give it a LOT of water for the first few weeks. Mine was a 'candle' shape and I wanted it to be a canopy of shade..... so recently I cut the top half off, and now the side branches are finally extending outwards with lots of new growth. I hope it will one day spread sideways!
Reply · Report · VIRGINIA H on Aug 18, 2015
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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.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 25, 2014
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How far from my house do I need to plant this tree?
Matthew043 on Mar 31, 2016
Best Answer: I really am not sure. If you plant to live there for a few hundred years I would put it far away. I hope ours will eventually get twisted up. I must give it this, it lived through our Ok. Winter and wind, and most of the leaves were green all winter. That's the main thing I wanted. Have fun! ellen
Reply · Report · Ellen G on Mar 31, 2016
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when do the acorns stop sheading?
Margaret H on Nov 3, 2015
Best Answer: Depends on the region in which you live. Unfortunately I can't give you a specific answer on that but what I can tell you is the trees did not start producing acorns until there around 20 years old.
Reply (1) · Report · Bryan C on Nov 3, 2015
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can Live Oak trees grow in southern Ohio ??
JAMES F on Apr 2, 2016
Best Answer: In southern Ohio, you are in Zone 6. I would say it is possible, but you may need to protect the tree during cold harsh winter days.
Reply · Report · Federico D on Apr 4, 2016
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I live near slc utah, will Live Oak do well here?
Mike A on Feb 12, 2016
Best Answer: The growing zones are 7-10. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/USDA-Plant-Hardiness-Zone-Map.htm
Reply · Report · Robyn .Staff on Feb 18, 2016
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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.
Reply · Report · Kurt B on Jul 27, 2014
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How big is the tree rightnow?
David I on Apr 4, 2016
Best Answer: We have them in a 5-6 foot.
Reply · Report · Robyn .Staff on Apr 5, 2016
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On the live oak tree in Florida, can you provide specific instructions on developmental trimming to shape the tree?
Dorothy H on Mar 8, 2016
Best Answer: Pruning your tree during the winter months will allow it to care for its wounds in spring, when it will recover more quickly. At first limit trimming only to dead or broken branches on newly planted trees. Two to three years after planting you can begin developmental trimming to shape the tree.
Reply · Report · Robyn .Staff on Jul 19, 2016
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Our live oak tree leaves are shinny and look like they have sap on them. They are not sticky. We live in the Phx AZ area. Is this normal?
mouse on Mar 1, 2016
Best Answer: Yes this is normal, the upper leaf is shiny and dark green and the underside is normally a light green.
Reply · Report · Robyn .Staff on Mar 4, 2016
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Will they grow in Louisiana? Do they have one that only gets 8-12 feet?
Taleshae H on Nov 23, 2015
Best Answer: The growing zones are 7-10. Click on the link to look up what growing zone your in.
http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/USDA-Plant-Hardiness-Zone-Map.htm
They can get 40-80 foot tall when fully mature.
Reply · Report · Robyn .Staff on Nov 24, 2015
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how old are there 5-6 ft Live Oak trees?
evan k on Nov 20, 2015
Best Answer: They are 3-4 years old.
Reply · Report · Robyn .Staff on Nov 23, 2015
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I just bought a house in North Texas (zone 8a) and I'm pretty sure there's a Live Oak in my front yard (which I'm not thrilled about) that is about 8'-10' from the driveway, about 5'-6' from the entry sidewalk and about 6'-8' from the main sidewalk. I'm concerned about the roots damaging those areas and maybe my water main. Is there a way to curb the growth of the tree until I decide if we should replace it with something a little friendlier to a small yard?
Ed J on Jul 14, 2015
Best Answer: Hi Ed
Not being on site, I can't give an accurate answer. An arborist will be the best specialist to advise you properly. If you do take the tree out, I'd be happy to advise trees better suited to your yard for years of enjoyment.
Reply · Report · Lisa BStaff on Jul 15, 2015
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Will the tree grow in Spokane Washington?
James F on May 29, 2015
Best Answer: If you live in zones 7 -9 in Washington then the Live Oak Tree will do great in your area. Follow the instructions on the link below to find out your growing zone.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2015
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Is it okay to plant a Live Oak acorn in April in GA if it's being started indoors? Is refrigeration necessary before direct planting in April?
Dwight C on Apr 23, 2015
Best Answer: It's okay to transplant your seedling as long as you aren't experiencing a Georgia heat wave with temperatures in the 90's or above. Give your saplings a few hours of sunlight a day, and slowly increase the amount of time they spend outdoors before transplanting them. Refrigeration isn't necessary.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2015
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Does Live OAK TREES GROW IN SHADE?
iNGRID b on Oct 20, 2014
Best Answer: Live Oak trees grow best in Full to Partial Sun. They will not likely thrive in full shade.
Reply · Report · Chanel CStaff on Aug 21, 2015
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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.

http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/ZoneMap.htm
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 21, 2014
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