Quercus myrtifolia

Myrtle Oak

Fagaceae

Plant Specifics

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

Landscaping

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

Ecology

Wildlife:
  

  • Small mammals use the acorns
  • 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

Insects:
 

Larval host for Horace’s Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)

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

Comments

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