Live Oak Tree Facts
The Live Oak Tree is one of the most popular trees in the world. There are many different kinds of Live Oaks, but they all have common characteristics.
They grow very fast and produce a large number of leaves at once (called “leaf production”). They are also known as American Oaks or Red Oaks because their bark color varies from red to brownish-red. The wood of these trees is used for furniture, boat building, and other purposes. The wood is also used in the making of musical instruments such as guitars and banjos.
There are several species of Live Oaks, but only two types are commonly grown today: the Eastern White Oak and the Western Redwood. These two species differ in size, shape, color, and even their bark colors.
Some species of Live Oaks may not be able to reproduce sexually at all! However, some species do reproduce sexually and produce seeds. The seedlings will continue to grow into mature trees which are then capable of reproducing.
How Can I Help My Child?
You might think that your child would want to play with the tree right away, but it’s actually better if she waits until after school or later in the day. Your child could get hurt while playing around the tree! If you have a swing set in your yard, it might be good to move it away from the tree – just in case.
A sick or dying tree is also more vulnerable to pest and disease problems. Certain insects and fungi can enter cracks in the bark and around wounds and start feeding on the tree.
Also, trees that are under stress don’t stay healthy and are more vulnerable to all kinds of problems.
Sources & references used in this article:
Population-level differentiation in growth rates and leaf traits in seedlings of the neotropical live oak Quercus oleoides grown under natural and manipulated … by JA Ramírez-Valiente, A Center, JP Sparks… – Frontiers in plant …, 2017 – frontiersin.org
Association of Xylella fastidiosa with leaf scorch and decline of live oak in Florida. by RJ McGovern, DL Hopkins – Plant Disease, 1994 – cabdirect.org
First year growth of canyon live oak sprouts following thinning and clearcutting by SG Conard, TR Plumb, NH Pillsbury – Multiple-Use Management, 1987 – books.google.com