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Quercus virginiana

 
Quercus virginiana
southern live oak
Quercus virginiana

Common name southern live oak
Family fagaceae
Life cycle tree (Z8-10)
Flowers green catkins (early spring)
Size 40-80'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes well-drained soil

Broadleaf evergreen tree with leathery oval dark green leaves, smooth-margined or sparsely serrated. Drought-tolerant when established, it grows fast yet is very long-lived, and typically grows wider than it is tall. One of the most common street trees around Houston, where their limbs are often draped with Spanish moss. Our new home came with three of them, two in our tiny front yard, one in the back yard. We're a little concerned with how large they will get over time, but we have no choice in the matter. Hopefully, ours will remain proportionally sized for as long as we live here.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: houston front yard, houston back yard

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