Quercus myrtifolia

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Myrtle Oak


Plant Specifics

Size:5 to 30 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms early spring (inconspicuous). Fruits ripen the second fall.
Noted for:Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Forms a thicket with many sprouts from spreading roots
Propagation:Seed or as nursery-grown sapplings. Small stems may difficult to transplant from the wild.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- 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:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Small mammals use the acorns.

 Provides significant food and cover for wildlife.

The acorns are utilized by squirrels.

An important food source for the Florida scrub-jay as the tannins in the nuts help it remain edible through the winter; scrub-jays may also use it for nesting and perching


Larval host  for 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) and oak hairstreak (Fixsenia favonius) butterflies.

Native Habitats:Scrub, scrubby flatwoods, scrubby sandhill.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:This plant can form clones from underground stems.  It is adapted to fire environments.