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Escarpment Live Oak

Quercus fusiformis

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Escarpment Live Oak (Quercus fusiformis) at Rainbow Gardens

Escarpment Live Oak

Escarpment Live Oak

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Escarpment Live Oak (Quercus fusiformis) at Rainbow Gardens

Escarpment Live Oak foliage

Escarpment Live Oak foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Escarpment Live Oak (Quercus fusiformis) at Rainbow Gardens

Escarpment Live Oak bark

Escarpment Live Oak bark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  50 feet

Spread:  40 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Texas Live Oak, Plateau Live Oak, Scrub Live Oak

Description:

A medium sized evergreen tree that takes on a dense, shrubby form, or can be a short trunked tree with a spreading canopy; foliage is leathery, dark green and glossy; suitable as a windbreak or screen, making it valuable in urban and garden settings

Ornamental Features

Escarpment Live Oak has dark green foliage. The glossy oval leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. However, the fruit can be messy in the landscape and may require occasional clean-up.

Landscape Attributes

Escarpment Live Oak is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds and squirrels to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy

Escarpment Live Oak is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Windbreaks and Shelterbelts

Planting & Growing

Escarpment Live Oak will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 150 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Shade  Articulation  Massing  Windbreak 
Applications
Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.