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Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B
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Running Oak, Runner Oak
|Size:||Typically 3 to 6 ft high, sometime higher, and forming clones.|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Flower Color:||Green (inconspicuous)|
|Phenology:||Evergreen. Blooms early spring (inconspicuous). Fruits ripen the second fall. Clonal, a likely adaptation to fire.|
|Habitats:||Scrub, scrubby flatwoods, scrubby sandhill.|
|Recommended Uses:||Forms a low thicket with many sprouts from underground stems.|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|Moisture Tolerance:||Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray Tolerance:||Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray|
|Soil/Substrate:||Lime rock, Sand|
Small mammals, including squirrels, 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.