Given the right amount of space and light, the Live Oak (aka Quercus Virginiana) is the gold standard of Florida shade trees. At maturity, this durable American native can reach heights of 40-60′ with a canopy measuring 80-100′ wide! Here’s a perfect example:
If this tree looks a bit familiar, you’ve got a good memory: I posted this photo last October, but as you might imagine, its subject has grown considerably since then!
Keeping live oaks healthy requires periodic examinations; experts suggest eliminating any branches that form narrow angles with the trunk because of the effect they have on bark growth. Briefly, if the “crotch” is too narrow. the bark grows inward and then back over itself. This causes physical weakness and the branch is likely to crack and split away from the tree, like this one recently did:
Dropping an enormous branch in a park is one thing…..on the roof of your house, quite another! Because we’re in hurricane season, my neighbor across the street called in the arborists this past July:
I thought they went a little overboard! Look at all these branches!
Perhaps they were heavy-handed to allow better light penetration to the center of the tree? From this angle, it seems they might’ve had that in mind. Aesthetically speaking, I prefer a more droopy, natural look to the bottom of the canopy.
For further details on pruning Live Oaks, check out the Univ.of Fl. YouTube below!
Until next time……
🙂 🙂 🙂
- History of the Southern Live Oak Tree (mastergarden.wordpress.com)
- How to Prune Trees and Shrubs (planitdiy.com)
- GDOT designs Ga.204/King George Blvd. improvements around trees (savannahnow.com)
- Dead heritage tree causes stir in Daphne; investigation under way (photos) (al.com)
- Church of Scientology Has Two Live Oaks Chopped Down Illegally Despite City’s Crystal-Clear Orders (patheos.com)
- My Three Favorite Woody Plants (sullivip.wordpress.com)