Skip to product information
1 of 1

My Store

Southern Live Oak

Southern Live Oak

Regular price $84.20 USD
Regular price Sale price $84.20 USD
Sale Sold out

Plant Type: tree
Plant Height: 40-80 feet
Spread: 60-100 feet
Flower Color: pink
Sun Exposure: Full sun

The Southern Live Oak, known scientifically as Quercus virginiana, is a majestic and enduring choice for landscapes in Arizona, particularly for those seeking a tree with a grand presence and historical significance. Traditionally native to the southeastern United States, this oak variety is well-suited to warmer climates and can adapt to the conditions of the Arizona desert with proper care.

One of the most notable characteristics of the Southern Live Oak is its impressive canopy, which spreads wide and provides extensive shade. This feature is invaluable in the hot Arizona climate, where shaded areas are essential for outdoor comfort. The tree's large, twisting limbs and broad, rounded crown create a striking silhouette, adding character and beauty to any landscape.

The Southern Live Oak is an evergreen, maintaining its lush, dark green leaves throughout the year. This constant foliage offers a refreshing green respite in the desert landscape, contrasting beautifully with the more typical arid scenery.

Adaptability is a key strength of the Southern Live Oak. While it prefers moist, well-drained soils, it can adjust to a range of soil conditions, including the more alkaline soils found in Arizona. It's important to ensure adequate watering, especially during the hot summer months and while the tree is establishing its root system. Once established, the Southern Live Oak demonstrates moderate drought tolerance, making it a feasible option for desert landscaping.

The tree's size and growth habit should be considered when planting. Southern Live Oaks can grow to be quite large, reaching heights of 40 to 80 feet with a spread just as wide. They require ample space to develop fully and should be planted away from structures to accommodate their expansive root systems.

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the Southern Live Oak is a valuable ecological asset, providing habitat and food for a variety of wildlife, including birds and squirrels. Its acorns are an important food source for many animals.

In summary, the Southern Live Oak is a magnificent addition to Arizona landscapes, offering shade, beauty, and a touch of southern charm. Its adaptability to warmer climates and its resilience in various soil types make it a practical choice for large spaces in need of a stately tree.

View full details