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Plant Details

Quercus virginiana

Live Oak

Scientific Name:

Quercus virginiana

Common Name:

Live Oak

Plant Family

Fagaceae (Beech Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Tree

Bloom Color(s):

green

Size in Feet:

80

Light:

full sun, part shade

Bloom Time:

April

Bloom Area:

Coast

Habitat Description:

Locally common to abundant in maritime forests and maritime scrub on barrierislands, more rarely inland (though regularly on the mainland from se. NC south, and extending substantially inland from s. SC south), sometimes in dry, fire-maintained habitats more usually occupied by Q. geminata, also planted (especially in the outer Coastal Plain). Uncommon in the NC Coastal Plain.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

A Southeastern Coastal Plain endemic.

In flower

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Jack Spruill, April, 2009; Hampstead

Live Oaks were traditionally used by the Navy to make ship ribs and knees.

Leaves and acorns

Note the characteristically dark color of the acorns.

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Jack Spruill, December 2009, Hampstead

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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