SCIENTIFIC NAME: Quercus virginiana
COMMON NAME: live oak
LEAVES: Thick, evergreen leaf that is usually white (glaucous) underneath. Has revolute margins (turn under). Young leaves may have serrations or try to lobe. Up to 3" long and 1/2" wide. Usually rounded at tip.
FRUIT: Acorn narrow and up to 1" long. Acorn cap covers less than 1/3 of acorn usually.
BARK: Gray and ridge and furrowed.
OTHER: Spreading shape. One of the willow leaved oaks. Native to coastal areas. Drought tolerant. Grows up to 60' tall and 160' wide. Hardy to zone 7b. Averaging less than 11/2' per year of growth in shade tree study. Tree often identified with the coastal south. Many magnificent specimens appear in places like New Orleans, Mobile, Savannah, Charleston. Transplanted up to 13" caliper. Salt tolerant for coastal use. Widely used oak in the deep south. Should not be used north of Auburn, AL. In olden times used in the ship building industry.