A beloved icon of Southern culture, the majestic live oak tree is also our national tree symbol. With towering crowns of glossy green leaves and sprawling branches draped in Spanish moss, the picturesque trees are a symbol of strength and beauty all along the Gulf Coast including Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties in west central Florida.
More than 60 species of the live oak grow in the U.S. alone. Many grow to reach over 40-feet in height and 6-feet in diameter. The healthiest trees thrive when they have plenty of room to spread their roots.
Live oak trees often thrive for centuries, and when properly located and regularly cared for, they can survive for more than 1,000 years. The mighty live oak prefers a warm climate and sandy soil near a steady water source that can sustain its deep roots, which soak up nearly 50 gallons each day
The fast-growing tree can rise up to four feet each year, unfurling drooping and curving branches that are sometimes weak or reach the ground. Pruning encourages the production of strong branches and solid tree structure. It also prevents dead limbs or roof-hovering stems from becoming dangerous. While live oak trees are a hardy species, during pruning they are vulnerable to bark damage and bark beetles that spread the oak wilt disease.
The seemingly endless display of vivid green leaves and clustered acorns nurture the local ecosystem, including several types of epiphytic plants and wildlife. Although it is considered an evergreen because it does not go dormant in the winter, it commonly sheds its leaves for a few weeks during late winter and early spring. This short-term dormant season is the perfect time for transplanting and trimming back live oaks.
Contact Warner Tree Service at 727-478-2864 to learn more about how our tree care services can help your live oak trees provide shade and enhance the beauty of your landscape for dozens of years to come.