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Live oaks are the only oak trees found throughout Florida, including the keys. They range through all the southeastern coastal states from Texas to Virginia.
Growing to 20m (66 ft.) tall, Quercus virginiana has a short, stout central truck typically dividing into several large branches 2-3m (6-1/2 to 10 ft.) above the ground. The leaves are alternate, simple and entire, 2-15cm (3/4 - 6 in.) long and 1-5cm (4/10 - 2 in.) wide. Stiff and leathery, they are dark shiny green above with pale gray, slightly tomentose undersides. The acorn is a shiny dark brown darkening towards the tip with a shallow cap that encloses about a quarter of the 1-2.5cm (4/10 - 1 in.)long nut.
For a little history on one of Florida's better known live oak trees, see The Fairchild Oak at Wild Florida Photo
Quercus virginiana is a member of the Fagaceae - Beech family.
Other species of the Quercus genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
View Quercus laevis - TURKEY OAK
View Quercus geminata - SAND LIVE OAK
View Quercus michauxii - BASKET OAK
View Quercus inopina - SCRUB OAK
View Quercus myrtifolia - MYRTLE OAK
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