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Quercus virginiana

Southern Live Oak
Fagaceae
Evergreen, Trees

QUERCUS

Appearance and hardiness of Oaks vary widely, but all produce acorns preceded by inconspicuous flowers. Single nuts are more or less enclosed in a cuplike cap covered with many closely set scales. In some species, the acorns are edible,with a sweet flavor. Some oaks are widely planted over large areas, while others have a limited range

Quercus virginiana

Grows at a moderate to fast rate, eventually reaching 40–80 ft. tall, with a heavy-limbed crown spreading twice as wide. Long lived; with age, bark becomes very dark and checked. Smooth-edged, narrowly oval, 1/2 –5-in.-long leaves are shiny dark green above and whitish beneath. Oval acorns to 1 in. long, with sharp spine at tip; enclosed by one-fourth in bowl-shaped cap with hairy scales. Best in deep, rich,moist soil. In hot interior climates, it’s the most attractive of all evergreen oaks. Best oak for lawn planting in low desert.

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