Live Oak (Quercus virginiana)


Live Oak

Quercus virginiana

  • Extremely hardy shade tree that keeps its leaves all year
  • Dense dark green foliage provides lots of shade with minimal clean-up
  • Plant in rows for a privacy screen or individually for specimen display
  • Thick, sturdy trunks and branches hold up well to environmental effects

The Southern Live Oak noted for its beauty, and extreme drought tolerance is also the top choice oak tree for Houston. Referred to by many as “the mighty oak of the South,” Quercus virginiana is native to the Southern U.S. and can grow to be a large tree that the entire family will love! With its dense, deep gray/green foliage and wide spreading crown, a bigger Live Oak tree provides an ideal shady spot for a picnic. There’s no doubt about it; a mature specimen is just begging to be explored and climbed on, too! Also, with proper placement around your home, it can help lower the temperatures in those rooms that get way too much sun and heat. We also love to plant a few of them in rows, where they can create a natural privacy screen teeming with greenery!

This natural beauty adapts and performs well in hot climates and clay-type soils, so it is a perfect tree for any landscape in Houston! Once established, it can thrive with little to no special care required, just give it low to moderate water and let it grow! In fact, the Southern Live Oak tree was the lone survivor during the recent great Texas drought!

For maximum benefit, buy as big as you can. Big Tex Tree Nurseries is the largest box tree grower in the United States, with beautiful Southern Live Oak tree specimens for sale! Speak with one of our nursery professionals for placement ideas or schedule your free home and business landscape consultations! Our professional planting and delivery service is ready to get any size order planted into your landscape. We do the work, so you do not have to!

Both people and wildlife love this Live Oak tree. It is a natural habitat tree so that it will attract a variety of small wildlife. We love to hang bird feeders and take in the fun-filled scene of birds flocking to enjoy the tree! Shade, privacy, beauty – this is one tree that you will want to have in your yard!


Hardy evergreen shade tree tolerating extreme drought and windy conditions

Clean shade tree with dense dark green foliage

Can be used as a specimen shade tree or planted in rows as a privacy screen