As the story goes, a woman was touring in Colonial Williamsburg and asked this young boy about a certain tree. "What kind of tree is that?" she asks. He replies, "Live Oak." "Don't sass me young man!"
While I did not go up to Colonial Williamsburg I did go to some historical places on the peninsula to take some photos of these grand trees. If you ask 'tree' people in our area where there are some good specimens of Quercus virginiana they will tell you two places. First is the Emancipation Oak in Hampton. This is a grand tree. Our own Les at A Tidewater Gardener wrote about this great tree. National Geographic designated it as one of the 10 Great Trees of the World. Les has more info on this specific tree, certainly one to read about.
The Emancipation Oak
Quercus virginiana is an evergreen oak, shedding its leaves as the new ones emerge. The leaves are alternate, leathery, dark green, glossy, elliptical to ovate.
The bark is shallow grooved with a reddish brown color. I am still having a learning curve with some differences with bark.
The growth pattern is spreading with this grand tree. The height is 40- 80 feet and the width is 60- 100 feet. Many images of Live Oaks include Spanish Moss hanging from the branches. This is a southern native, zones 8- 10.
The other place in our area that has great examples of mature Live Oaks is Fort Monroe. A historic army post with a moat. I will cover more on Ft. Monroe in the future. Inside the moat is the parade field which is outlined with many Live Oaks.
click on this picture to see across the parade field.
All the Live Oaks inside the moat have been put on a preservation list
This beauty is next to the Chapel of the Centurion One of my favorite wedding pictures was taken under this tree.
The trees that frame the Lincoln Gun are quite spectacular.
Live Oaks are wonderful trees in the landscape.
Next week's tree- Crape Myrtle