University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Ornamentals

Live Oak (Quercus virginiana)

This large oak is an evergreen tree with a spread greater than its height. Branches are drooping and low. Simple, entire leaves are spirally arranged, and are elliptic to ovate-shaped with revolute margins. The underside is whitish-grey. Bark is gray to reddish brown, scaly, and vertically furrowed. Flowers are yellow-green catkins, blooming in spring. Fruits are acorns to 1 inch long, sometimes in pairs, with a shallow cup enclosing the bottom quarter.