Quercus geminata

Sand Live Oak

Fagaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Tree
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Evergreen
Noted for:Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Specimen tree. Thicket in dry sandy areas.
Propagation:Seed, but readily available as a containerized sapling.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Short very dry periods ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Short very dry periods ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable

Ecology

Wildlife:
  

  • Valued by the Florida scrub-jay for its acorns which are relatively low in tanins
  • Used by woodpeckers and wild turkey
  • Valued by squirrels and other mammals including white tailed deer

Insects:
 

  • Larval host plant for oak hairstreak (Fixsenia favonius), Horace's duskywing (Erynnis horatius), red-banded hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) and white-M hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album) butterflies.
  • possible larval host for Juvenal's duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis).

Native Habitats:Scrub, sandhill, scrubby flatwoods, flatwoods, coastal hammocks. Increases in flatwoods under winter burn management.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:
  • Slower growing and generally smaller than live oak. Extremely drought tolerant.
  • In environments where there is fire, this is often a small clonal shrub or cluster of small trees.