Last Updated on February 12, 2023 by Paul Guzman
The Live Oak Tree – Botanical name: Quercus virginian. The live oak tree is a good shade and ornamental tree. It will eventually grow to about ft 70ft. high and about 100 ft wide at about 30-40 years of age. This tree is an evergreen in the southwest. However, it does like to shed its leaves in the early spring and regenerates new growth at the same time.
There are about 50 species of Live oak trees and shrubs the one we mention here will do well in and around the Southwest from Northern New Mexico to West Texas and the lower elevations of Arizona and California.
It will produce acorns that drop in fall this means there are some cleaning and maintenance during the mid-spring seasons. They do retain the foliage but will lose older leaves in early summertime.
The Live Oak tree can easily be trimmed to your preference, make into a ball, canopy, square, or whatever you think will work in your landscape. They will grow somewhat spindly at first but will eventually look better and give great shade after a few years of good growth.
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The Live will retain its glossy, dark green leaves all year it likes full sun. It is also one of the faster-growing oak trees.
It has a small tapered type acorn that can be used to produce other seedling oak trees. The live oak limbs grow low close to the ground and later grow upward. It is a long-lived moderate to a fast-growing tree.
Water Requirements: Water every day for the first 30 days twice a day is even better. This is critical if planting in mid-summer. In the southwestern desert, this tree needs lots of water. Sun: Full Zones: USDA 7-10 Blooming season: None.
How big do Live Oaks get?
They will grow into a large majestic shade trees. Make sure to give it plenty of room for it to grow. Below is a photograph of a large Oak tree. This one could be 50 or more years of age.
The Live Oak Tree
Maintenance: Medium – Some cleanup after foliage sheds during summer months. As stated earlier it produces small acorns that fall in late spring. This adds to the cleanup and maintenance of your landscape.
The Live Oak tree is at about 30-40 years or so. Magnificent specimen tree good for a large landscape area or medium backyard for shade. Moderate watering once it becomes well established usually after the 4th year or so.
Here are some more facts about the Live Oak tree from Wikipedia.
Foliage: Evergreen foliage with dark green waxy leaves Fertilize: Spring, Summer early fall.
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