- Common Name - Live Oak
- Growth Rate - slow to moderate
- Full Height - 40 to 60 ft
- Climate It Best Grows In -warmer climates like Texas
- Life Span - 200 years and longer
- Leaves - Usually stay green year round and depending on the tree size the leaves are about 4" -8" long or 2'-4' depending on the tree size. The leaves are usually narrow to a long oval and are stiff.
- Flowers and Fruit - flowers are a faded brown color and grow in clusters; the fruit is an acorn that is usually .5 to 1 inch long
- Reproduction method - Live oak trees are monoecious which means they produce male and female flowers. When wind blows they pollen from the males it blows into the stigma of the female flower and they make acorns
Many different organisms depend on live oak trees for survival. animals like birds and squirrels use the tree for shelter. Birds nest in the trees and squirrels hide in the branches. Squirrels, and many other animals such as rabbits, mice, raccoons, and cardinals, eat the acorns the live oak produces. one limiting factor that could affect the live oak from growing or surviving is Space. To many trees in one area will take away the nutrients, sunlight, and water. Droughts and poor soil are also limiting factors that could slow down the growth of or kill the tree. Diseases like Oak wilt, Oak tatters , and Anthracnose. parasites such also harm live oak trees. Beetles, such as the bark beetle, eat their way through the tree and can eventually cause enough damage to kill the tree and the Mistletoe absorbs both water and mineral nutrients from its host trees. The live Oak can adapt to most soils , but it all comes down to space and water. A long term affect the trees will have on TMS is that the tree well provide oxygen. A short term is shade for students that need it.