OAK – SOUTHERN LIVE OAK

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COMMON NAME Southern Live Oak
BOTANICAL NAME Quercus virginiana ‘Southern’
HEIGHT 50′
WIDTH 50′
MONOECIOUS
SEMI-DECIDUOUS
LIFESPAN 300 years to 500 years
PERENNIAL
COLD TOLERANCE 0° F
SOIL TYPE Prefers well drained. Tolerates a variety of soils.
WATER REQUIREMENTS After planting in ground, water every day for 2 weeks. On week 3 and week 4, water deeply twice a week. From week 5 forward water deeply once a week until it has been 3 months. From then on, make sure your tree is receiving a deep watering at least once or twice per month. Supplement with water during droughts and the hot, dry months.
DROUGHT TOLERANCE Yes
SALT TOLERANCE Yes
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Prefers full sun, tolerates part shade
FERTILIZING Use a 2:1:1 or 4:1:2 ratio general fertilizer as directed on the packaging 3 times per year: Once in the Spring, again n Summer, and last the Fall. Alternatively, use a slow-release fertilizer 3 times a year. Halt fertilizing in the Winter, then begin again in the Spring. Avoid getting fertilizer on the leaves, stems, and trunk. Water before and after applying fertilizer.
COLOR Green
MONTH OF COLOR All year
FRUIT 1″ light brown acorns with a cap. The nut is edible for people after being leached of tannins and properly processed. Taste is similar to a chestnut, with a nutty sweetness.
ALLERGENS, TOXICITY AND ANIMALS Toxic to animals. (Dogs, cats, horses, humans.)
COMMENTS Very tough tree with excellent wind resistance. Growth rate is moderate. Used in most commercial jobs due to it’s ability to tolerate soil varieties. Mature trees develop aggressive roots that can offset sidewalks and foundations over time. Plant at least 15′ away from sidewalks and building foundations. Native to Florida.
PRICE 45 gallon $225, 30 gallon $175, 15 gallon $75