Live Oak Tree Growth

Live Oak Tree Growth

Knowing what stage of growth a tree is in is imperative when working with the tree. The stage of growth in terms of time depends heavily on the tree species, for example a maple tree can be grown to twenty years while an oak of twenty years is still a minor. Therefore, the stage of growth should be evaluated by the actions of the tree and not chronological age.

Formative Stage

  • Rapid root growth and stem
  • Low volume of dead wood and dysfunctional tissue
  • The vitality of high growth and lots of good general health
  • Nearly 100% live tissue

Mature Stage

  • Tree reaches full size
  • The food produced by the leaves is stable
  • Growth slows and higher growth extends outward more than upward
  • Tips to grow more lateral than vertical
  • Top of the natural loss of limbs
  • Tissue Augmentation dysfunctional
  • Present decaying wood caused by fungal growth or sunken places
  • Fifty percent or less dynamic mass

Veteran Status

  • Crown dieback
  • Loss of limbs
  • Damage and deterioration of the stems and roots
  • Little or no growth
  • Low-energy due to the decrease in leaf area and health
  • Decrease in the main terminal to the eventual death

For trees with firm defense systems the veteran’s age may be the longest stage, while most fast-growing trees can range from veteran to dead in a matter of few years. The best way to ensure longer life for any tree is to keep it well watered, fertilized and pest-free and of course, originally planted in an environment that was meant to exist.

The shorter lifespan of a tree comes to the opposite of all these things. Life expectancy also shortens often exacerbated by poor care as a result of tree services providers who do not understand how to evaluate a tree for the care and make healthy tree pruning or crown.

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