Southern Pride Tree Farm

History of the Quercus virginiana | Southern Live Oak Tree

quercus virginiana history

The Quercus virginiana is also known as the Southern Live Oak tree. The Southern Live Oak is a large, sprawling, shade tree that is truly characteristic (especially when draped with Spanish moss) of "the Old South".

Southern Live Oak trees are extraordinarily durable and can live for centuries if left undisturbed or properly cared for in the landscape. They can withstand occasional hurricanes and resist salt spray from beaches and oceans. Since live oak trees grow tall, most live oaks can withstand fires because flames cannot reach the crowns. Live oak trees can also withstand cold weather in the teens and even snow coming back fuller and more beautiful each spring.

Live oak trees are one of the broadest spreading oak trees producing an abundance of shade and privacy. Southern Live Oak trees are used for a wide array of things; corporations and businesses use live oak trees for landscaping in parking lots and commercial building landscapes, cities use live oaks for parks, sidewalks, schools and more. Residential homes add them for their landscapes, to line driveways and communities, and even to help save energy costs (the perfect "green energy saver" and they love their live oak lined streets.

The Southern Like Oak tree has amazing character and a semi deciduous evergreen foliage that is bright olive green when young and when it matures changes to a glossy, dark green. Live oak trees are typically grown from Virginia to Florida including the Florida Keys and west to Texas. The Quercus virginiana Southern Live Oak can be found as far west as California and Oregon.

Live oak trees can grow to a height of 60 to 80 feet and have a spread of 60 to 120 feet depending on the type. There are Southern Live Oak trees that are 600+ years old.

The Southern Live Oak is an easy to care for tree making it an excellent choice for any landscape; once established the tree requires little watering. Pruning a live oak tree is a great choice to keep your Live Oak tree healthy, strong and beautiful. To view pictures of some of the oldest live oak trees click here.

Standard Live Oak | Cathedral Live Oak | Highrise Live Oak

More about the Southern Live Oak trees:

  • Mature Height: 60 - 80 feet
  • Mature Spread: 60 - 120 feet
  • Shape: Round, Spreading
  • Tree Density: Dense and full
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Texture: Simple

Southern Pride Tree Farm sells very big live oaks:

  • The live oak is a semi-deciduous evergreen medium growing shade tree perfect for landscape applications.

  • Once established a live oak will grow about 2-4 feet overall and 1 inch of caliper per year.

  • Live Oak trees sold here are nursery field grown trees and sold by the caliper inch (or diameter of the trunk).
  • Most of the big Oak trees for sale from Southern Pride Tree Farm are 8", 10", 11" to 12" caliper.

  • Big oaks for sale can be up to 20+" caliper trees (average 40+ feet tall) for special projects.

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Featured videos

Dig & Prep Live Oak Tree

Digging & Preparation

Mature live oak tree digging and preparation in the Nursery for transport to the customer.

Live Oak Tree Packing for Transport

Tree Packing

Here we are demonstrating packaging mature live oak trees in the Nursery for transport.

Loading Live Oak Trees for Transport

Loading for Transport

Watch how a large mature tree is wrapped and loaded onto a truck for transport.