7 Things to Love about Live Oaks

170 year old Live Oaks in at Wormsloe Historic Site, Savannah, GA

Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground.

Henry David Thoreau
Live Oak, Forsyth Park.
  • They provide wonderful shade.They live to a ripe old age. 1,000 years old in Louisiana for example.They’re loved. The special ones are named, preserved, mapped and cherished.No raking. They’re evergreen. Unlike the northern oak which turns colors and loses leaves (becoming the backbone of fall colors) the live oak stays green and keeps its leaves year round.They attract spanish moss making them even more striking.Their roots are expansive and deep. Surely a metaphore for the Southern spirit.
  • They are available for planting. $39 for a 3-foot tree.
Street Scene near historic Savannah.

Savannah wouldn’t be the city it is without Live Oaks. And up until a couple of weeks ago, I’d never heard of the tree. Now I’ll look for a Live Oak whenever I visit a Southern town.


  1. Our part of Sarasota has lots of Live Oaks and Spanish Moss. Not nearly as much as Savannah, but still impressive. Thanks for sharing so much great information!


  2. I am getting so much out of this blog. Helps me look at what I am seeing and digest it in a different way than when I just tour. Glad you are along for the ride.


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