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What’s up with the Live oaks

By February 29, 2012No Comments

Live oak shedding old leaves, while growing new leaves and catkins

If you’re not from Texas you may be alarmed to see our native Live oaks, Quercus fusiformis, dropping their leaves in spring.  Don’t worry!  Live oaks are semi-evergreen, so they keep their dark green foliage all winter.  Then they push off their leaves in late February/early March and simultaneously grow new leaves and flowers, called catkins.   Monterrey Oak, Quercus polymorpha, is a favorite well-adapted shade tree that is also semi-evergreen.  ~ Colleen Dieter

Photo: Escarpment live oak – Nina Hawkins