LIVE OAK - TEXAS LIVE OAK
“Botanists see no difference between the coast live oak and the escarpment live oak of the Hill Country, and in terms of how they look, they’re right. They’re both big, powerful looking live oaks. But there’s all the difference in the world in how they grow. The coastal live oak isn’t nearly as drought tolerant; around Houston, it lives in heavy clays, often in seasonally-standing water, and is usually draped with Spanish moss. One other difference; the coastal oaks aren’t as cold tolerant as its escarpment relative. All the live oaks growing between the Hill Country and the Gulf are hybrids of these two.
- Sally Waskowski, Native Texas Plants.
“Scarcely any other tree develops the distinctive, spreading habit of the live oaks...”
- Scott Ogden, Successful Gardening with Difficult Soils.