Scientific Name: Quercus virginiana
Common name: Southern live oak
Age: about 400 years
Typical life span: The oldest live oaks in the country are estimated to be between several hundred to more than 1,000 years old.
Habitat: Southern live oaks grow in warm parts of the U.S., including Florida, Oklahoma, Virginia and Texas; the trees cannot survive freezing temperatures.
Reproduction: Small brown flowers on the tree bloom in the spring and are pollinated by the wind. Acorns fall in autumn and serve as food for wildlife.
Threats: pests and diseases, including wilt disease, which is most prevalent in Texas
Fun Fact: Wood from Southern live oak is incredibly tough and durable and was once the preferred wood for shipbuilding. The warship USS Constitution was nicknamed “Old Ironsides” after its live oak hull survived repeated cannonball strikes during the War of 1812.
Save the date
Tree lighting and Santa’s Workshop | 6:30-9 p.m., Dec. 9
875 Quest Parkway, Cedar Park
Visitors can see the lighting of the tree, listen to live music, ride on carriages, play games, win prizes, and take photos with Santa Claus.
Contact: 512-401-5500 for more information