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Live Oak Tree

Quercus virginiana

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Growing Zones: 7-10
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-10
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

40-80 ft.

Mature Width:

60-100 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


25-40 ft.

Growth Rate:


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Botanical Name:

Quercus virginiana

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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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Customer Reviews

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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
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
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
September 29, 2014
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
live oak
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
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
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
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
Happy young oak!
This oak tree arrived healthy and ready to plant. We planted it a couple months ago (it was a Valentine's Day present for my husband) and it has already grown at least 6 inches. We are very happy with this oak and look forward to years to come of enjoying it enhancing our yard.
June 13, 2017
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Worried, but it is back!
It really struggled for a while, but it is doing VERY well now.
June 13, 2017
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Great,healthy Tree
Tree arrived in great shape and I am hoping it will survive the winters here in Nashville,TN. ( on the border of 6/7). Will definitely order from Fast Growing Trees again. If I could only think of that other oak that grows in FL, predominantly.
John Mynatt
Nashville, TN
June 10, 2017
9 months ago
Growing Zone:
I'm leaves are all brown. It doesn't seem to be taking off. I planted it as instructed and did everything for the Internet instructions. Disappointed.
August 7, 2017
7 months ago
Growing Zone:
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
over 4 years ago
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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!

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Looking for fast growing live oak trees evergreen
wilmot s on Dec 15, 2017
Fast growing
Tereca B on Aug 3, 2017
Looking for fast growing live oak trees evergreen
wilmot s on Dec 15, 2017
It is my favorite tree. I planted one in my yard when I lived in Seattle and it's growing beautifully. We moved and I want to plant another one.
William B on Dec 10, 2017
Fast growing
Tereca B on Aug 3, 2017
Because it's native to my area will provide plenty of shade for generations to come
Maria C on Aug 2, 2017
These trees will outlive me and even my progeny! I want them to shade my ranch home from the hot west sun.
Servando L on Jul 3, 2017
A tree I have always been impressed with and I now have a large enough yard in which to incorporate these trees.
William N on Jun 25, 2017
Beauty and elegance of these spectacular southern trees. Very few are grown in SE Washington state zone 7, but more should be planted in my opinion! It will add much needed shade to our very large yard one day.
Stacey A on Jun 4, 2017
Very distinctive tree.
Sheril H on Mar 27, 2017
parents had one in are yard growing up and had swing on it...classic look to it
Thomas A on Mar 3, 2017
Its and oak, beautiful trees great all around
Bryan L on Feb 25, 2017
Looking for a fast growing shade tree that does well in my area, coastal SC,
Jan H on Apr 19, 2016
Great tree, fast growing and making an impression.
Iwona H on Mar 29, 2016
Love them
karla D on Feb 19, 2016
suited our needs
James M on Feb 18, 2016
Gift, and Zoning area
Ruth T on Jan 26, 2016
The beauty of the tree and to provide a natural source of food for the deer on my property.
Anthony M on Dec 25, 2015
It is my favorite tree. I planted one in my yard when I lived in Seattle and it's growing beautifully. We moved and I want to plant another one.
William B on Dec 10, 2017
Because it's native to my area will provide plenty of shade for generations to come
Maria C on Aug 2, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
How do live oaks do in very sand soil?
Jim M on Oct 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I guess it depends on what region of the country you are referring to. I picked up some acorns from some in Pensacola Fl, where it is 70%+ sand and they are everywhere, and I rooted them in NC. That said, the one I bought from Fast Growing Trees is planted in Western NC and it is doing very well in mostly a clay based soil.
Are these the trees that develope the Spanish moss that hang from them?
Carole F on Aug 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, at least in the south. Live Oaks are beautiful trees and yes, spanish moss does occasionally grow in them. I'm not sure whether it's seasonal or less frequent. There's no moss in them now. I have 8 planted in my yard. And everywhere on my ranch. Beautiful trees.
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.
How far from my house do I need to plant this tree?
Matthew043 on Mar 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The limbs grow to about 40 feet from the trunk. That is 80 feet wide. I would probable plant at least 50 feet from any structure or other trees.
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.
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.
What is the live oak trunk diameter?
Clement U on Jan 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The caliper's are going to be less than an inch.
How long until the produce acorns?
Ian F on Sep 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It can take up to 20 years for the Live Oak to produce acorns.
Does it have cone shaped pods?
Cindy M on Jul 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They have acorns
Why do you not ship oak trees to California?
Thomas A on Feb 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Agricultural restrictions prohibits us from shipping it into your state.
Is there a comparable tree that will grow in zone 6?
carrie h on Oct 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Sawtooth Oak, Southern Red Oak or the White Oak tree will work well in a zone 6.
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.
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.
They can get 40-80 foot tall when fully mature.
how old are there 5-6 ft Live Oak trees?
evan k on Nov 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They are 3-4 years old.
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.
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.

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