Plants That Survive and Thrive on the OBX – Live Oak

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Join the Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Dare County in the coming weeks to discuss plants that have been proven to survive and thrive on the OBX!


Live Oak Tree

Quercus virginiana

Oak tree

  • Live oak trees can live for hundreds of years!
  • Live oak tree is the broadest spreading of the oaks producing an abundance of shade.
  • The name live oak came from the fact that they remain green and “alive” throughout the winter when other oak trees are dormant and leafless.
  • Live oak trees can grow in forests, in front of buildings such as schools, parking lots, gardens, backyards, and more.
  • Live oak trees also grow by oceans. They do great resisting the salt spray.

Acorns

  • Live oak trees product sweet edible acorns that the wildlife like to feed on.
  • Live oak trees start producing acorns when they are around 20 years old.

Live oaks

Take a trip to the Outer Banks Arboretum and Teaching Garden to see the beautiful Live Oak for yourself!

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Check back in the coming weeks to learn about more plants that survive and thrive on the Outer Banks.

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Amy Jordan, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAmy JordanAgricultural Technician Program Assistant Call Amy E-mail Amy N.C. Cooperative Extension, Dare County Center
Posted on May 17, 2020
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