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Planted at Mount Vernon

  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    This iconic evergreen tree of the south forms a wide spreading canopy and is often draped with Spanish moss. They are extremely resilient, which allows them to survive the severe weather patterns of the southern part of the country.

    Latin Name

    Quercus virginiana



    Also Known As

    Virginia Live Oak , Southern Live Oak

    Type of Plant





    Max Height: 80'
    Max Spread: 100'


  • Shade Tree

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun


    Do not ingest


    Native Range

    Southeastern United States, Mexico


    George Washington received a box of live oak plants and acorns from Mr. Josiah Parker of Norfolk Virginia in March of 1785.

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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