Category: Deciduous Trees
Facts about Live Oak Tree, "Scientific name for Live Oak Tree is Quercus virginiana". The Live oak tree has its name derived from its characteristics which includes it ability to live and remain green throughout the winter periods. The Live Oak Tree is common in continents of Asia and Europe. However, it is native to North America including the warmer regions of southeast Virginia, Florida, Gulf Coast , North Carolina, Texas and southwest to California.
The Live Oak Tree is a medium-sized, deciduous tree which can grow up to a height of about 85 to 88 feet (26 to 27 meters) from the ground with a thick, dark colored bark which is longitudinally furrowed.
The Live Oak Tree has lathery, stiff, alternately arranged leaves with individual leaves exhibiting a dark-green shiny outer surface with a pale gray color underneath. The leaves have simple, tight tomentose which are flat and have opaque margins. They can be one to six inches (2.5 to 15.2 cm) long when fully grown with a spread of approximately two to four inches (5 to 10 cm).
The Live Oak Tree has its green male flowers developing to a length of about three to four inches (7.6 to 10.1). These flowers give rise to small, shiny, oblong-shape acorns, fruits which are usually developed either singly or in groups. Individual acorn can be one to four inches (2.5 to 10.1 cm) long with a tan brown to almost black color.
The Live Oak Tree usually does well in well-drained loam and sandy soils. The Live Oak Tree can also do well in clay soils. The Live Oak Tree is a hardy oak suitably grown in USDA zone seven. It can tolerate both cold and dry weather conditions. With their leaves vigorously growing in spring and persisting through winter periods until the next sprout.
A Full grown Live Oak Tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds (21.77 kg) of carbon dioxide a year. The same Live Oak Tree could also produce enough oxygen in a day for two people. In a single day, a large Live Oak Tree can drink up to 100 gallons (378.5 liter) of water from the ground and discharge it into the air.
You can tell a Live Oak Trees age by the number of growth rings. Growth rings size shows what kind of conditions accrued that year, the temperature and if it was a dry or wet year.
Bark of the Live Oak Tree protects it from the elements and is made up of dead cells.
Live Oak Tree roots usually grow two to three times the width of the tree branches. The ideal time to fertilize your Live Oak Tree is in late fall or early spring. If you want to transplant a Live Oak Tree do it in fall, this is ideal for most trees.
With the live oak tree can survive fire burns. This is because it is capable of producing abundant foliage after the burn. It can therefore be used to prevent fire entries from neighboring homes since they can provide dense cover preventing the establishment of flammable understory.
Live Oak Tree leaves are made up of many colored pigments, green chlorophyll hides the colors during the growing season of spring and summer. As days get shorter and cooler temperatures come in the fall, it cause the chlorophyll to break down and than the other color pigments can be seen.
Live Oak Tree growth is referred to as Meristem (The undifferentiated embryonic plant tissue from which new cells are created, as that at the tip of a root or stem). This tissue can be found at the tips of shoots and leaves. Inside the stem growth in thickness occurs at the vascular cambium.
Live Oak Trees make their own food from sunlight, carbon dioxide, water, and nutrients from the soil.
The Live Oak Tree can also be bale to withstand hurricanes and occasional flooding. In addition, the wood from the tree can be used in construction works like shipbuilding due to its density, strength and energy absorption.