Considered a symbol of the South, this native oak is a majestic tree that grows 40-80′ tall and is best suited for large yards or parks. It is a long-lived evergreen oak with a short trunk, low branches and a broad-spreading rounded crown. Yellow-green flowers appear in the spring. Acorns are 1′ long and eaten by a variety of wildlife. The wood makes excellent fuel because of its high density.Often seen magnificently draped in Spanish moss, the live oak is the iconic tree of the South. It has been called one of the most impressive North American trees and can live to be hundreds of years old.Its exceptionally strong wood was a key lumber in early navy vessels, including the famous USS Constitution. Southern live oaks are majestic trees that are emblems of the South. When given enough room to grow, their sweeping limbs plunge toward the ground before shooting upward, creating an impressive array of branches. Crowns of the largest southern live oaks reach diameters of 150 feet—nearly large enough to encompass half of a football field! On average, though, the crown spread is 80 feet and the height is 50 feet. Branches usually stem from a single trunk, which can grow to 5 or 6 feet in diameter. Unlike most oak trees which are deciduous, southern live oaks are nearly evergreen. They replace their leaves over a short period of several weeks in the spring. Sweet, tapered acorns produced by the trees are eaten by birds and mammals, including sapsuckers, mallards, wild turkey, squirrels, black bears, and deer.
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