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Southern Live Oak growing in a landscape, large oak tree with crazy branching makes this a great shade tree
Close up of Southern Live Oak leaves and young acorns, oblong dark green leaves with small acorns forming
Southern Live Oak growing in a landscape, large oak tree with crazy branching makes this a great shade tree
Close up of Southern Live Oak leaves and young acorns, oblong dark green leaves with small acorns forming



  • Year round, luscious green colored foliage
  • Massive trunk and beautiful dark green foliage
  • Well known historical tree and very long lived 
  • The perfect shade tree any landscape 
  • Bold and elegant appearance
  • Very picturesque addition to any landscape  
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 8-10
  • Mature Height: 50-80' tall
  • Mature Width: 70-90' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 70-90' apart

Southern Live Oak

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Quercus virginiana

Regular price $1,895.00
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Why plant Southern Live Oak?

The classic, Southern Live Oak is a symbol of peace and tranquility. This tree is a national treasure as it is easily recognized as an icon of the south. The magnificent trees have a low and widespread canopy that offers plenty of shade for comfortable summertime activities. Live Oaks have such a bold presence, with their massive trunk and dark green broad evergreen leaves, its timeless beauty will never fade.

These magnificent trees can be expected to live for over 200 years! In fact, one of the oldest live oaks in Louisiana is said to have lived over 1000 years! Southern Live Oak trees have tremendously hard, rot-resistant wood. The wood from these trees were popular in shipbuilding in the 1700 and 1800s. The USS Constitution actually received its nickname, 'Old Ironsides' because of its Southern Live Oak hull. It has been said that the hull was so strong that not even cannonballs could penetrate it! This just proves that the Southern Live Oak is one remarkable tree.

How to use Southern Live Oak in the landscape?

Southern Live Oak work perfectly as single specimen plants in gardens as they truly are the star of the show! These trees offer incredible shade for your backyard. Planting a few of these gentle giants can create beautiful dimension to lining your long driveway or defining property lines. This tree isn't just for you, but for the wildlife too! Once matured, this tree will be able to feed small birds and mammals with its acorns then, house them in their strong and sturdy branches. Live Oaks make the 'hammocking' life easy. Their strong branches are perfect for lounging in your favorite hammock or swing chair.

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a 'grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

How To Plant Southern Live Oak

Southern Live Oaks are one exceptionally hardy tree! They are low maintenance and have high resistance to pests and diseases. Plant your Live Oak in a spot where they can have full sun to partial shade, they like to take some sun breaks. They prefer to live in moist soil with good drainage as they don't like to sit in water for too long. These noble trees thrive in high humidity and adapt very well to coastal conditions including salt spray.

How To Water

Young and mature Oak trees need little watering about once a month. Leave it up to the rain to water your Oak tree! Southern Live Oaks are very low maintenance and drought tolerant.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant Food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. If planting in the fall, use Elements fertilizer while planting and start your regular annual fertilizing the following fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established as it gives your tree the nutrients it needs to produce lush new growth for the following spring.

How To Prune

Pruning is not required to keep the amazing spreading look of the Southern Live Oaks.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 8-10

How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees and shrubs, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks to be delivered. - Sizes Large (AA) and smaller (Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).


Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:

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- Phone: 866-873-3888

- Or via Online Chat


Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

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