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Interesting Live Oak Tree Facts | Quercus virginiana

interesting facts about live oak trees

General Information about Live Oaks:

  • The Quercus virginiana is also known as the Southern live oak tree.
  • The live oak tree is a southern symbol of strength.
  • The live oak tree is the state tree of Georgia.
  • The U.S.S. Constitution reportedly received its nickname, "Old Ironsides," during the War of 1812 because of its live oak hull. The hull was so tough that the cannon balls of the British war ships literally bounced off it.
  • Live oak trees are planted in historical cities for their character and appearance.
  • Live oak trees weigh over 55 pounds per cubic foot when air dried.

Live Oak Tree Fruit:

  • Live oak trees product sweet edible acorns that turkeys, ducks, jays, quail, deer and other animals like to feed on.
  • Live oak trees start producing acorns when they are around 20 years old.

Live Oak Tree Growth & Life:

  • Live oak trees can live for hundreds of years!
  • The name live oaks came from the fact that they remain green and "alive" throughout the winter when other oak trees are dormant and leafless.
  • The name live oak came from the fact that they remain green and "alive" throughout the winter when other oak trees are dormant and leafless.
  • Live oak trees can grow in forests, in front of buildings such as schools, parking lots, gardens, backyards and more.
  • Live oak trees also grow by oceans. They do great resisting the salt spray.
  • Live oak trees support many types of epiphytic plants (including Spanish moss to a point); giving live oak trees more character.
  • The live oak tree grows 1 inch of caliper and around 2-4 feet overall per year when young.
  • A mature live oak tree can draw up to 50 gallons+ per day through it’ tap root deep in the ground.

Live Oak Tree Uses:

  • The live oak tree is the broadest spreading of the oaks producing an abundance of shade.
  • Live oak tree wood is very strong and tough and is often used for structural beams and posts.
  • Live oak trees were used in colonial times to make ships for the navy.

Historical Live Oak Trees:

Historic Seven Sisters Oak Tree

"The Seven Sisters Oak"

  • One of the largest known live oak tree is located near Louisburg, Louisiana.
  • Name: Seven Sisters Oak
  • It is estimated to be over 1,000 years old
  • Circumference of 37'2"
  • Crown spread of 150 feet
Historic Cellon Oak Tree

"Cellon Oak"

  • The Florida champion live oak tree; found in Alachua, Florida in 1984.
  • Name: Cellon Oak
  • Height of 83 feet
  • Diameter of 108 inches
  • Crown spread of 150.5 feet
  • It’s so big, you can see it from space.
Historic Angel Oak Tree

"Angel Oak"

  • One of the longest lived live oak trees is located near Johns Island, South Carolina
  • Name: Angel Oak
  • It is estimated to be over 1,500 years old
  • Height of 65+ feet
  • Diameter spread of 160 feet
Historic Duelling Oak Tree

"The Duelling Oaks"

  • Located in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Name: The Duelling Oaks
  • Height of over 70 feet
  • It is estimated to be over 300 years old


General Information about Live Oaks:


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.

  • Download the UF IFAS Extension Selecting Quality Trees from the Nursery PDF.
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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.