How long does it take for a live oak tree to grow?
ANSWER: The short answer to your question is that the Quercus virginiana (live oak) trees mature in about 50 years, more or less. They are actually one of the faster growing trees when in an ideal environment, growing about three feet a year when young.
Oak trees (Quercus spp.) take decades to mature. Depending on their species, the trees are 20 to 30 years old when they produce their first acorns. Even then, acorn production is not consistent from year to year.
- Nuttall Oak: This fast growing shade tree, also called red oak or pin oak, is said to be the fastest growing variety of oak, and can provide not only a leafy canopy, but a steady supply of acorns each year, which are devoured by squirrels, deer, and turkeys. 3.
- Growth Rate. White oaks, which thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 9, are considered slow growers, climbing only 12 to 14 inches per year, compared to other trees such as Monterrey oak (Quercus polymorpha), which can grow 48 inches in one year.
- Cost: 5 feet, $60; 12 feet, $150.
Growth Rate. Live oak is initially a very fast-growing tree, and may reach heights of 4 feet within the first year. After that, however, the rate of growth slows down, but remains rapid. This usually means that live oak can gain 24 inches or more in a single growing season, assuming growing conditions are optimal.
- Like other animals and many living things, we humans grow when we're young and then stop growing once we mature. But trees, it turns out, are an exception to this general rule. In fact, scientists have discovered that trees grow faster the older they get. Once trees reach a certain height, they do stop getting taller.
- On forest sites plant oaks 20 to 25 feet apart; other trees (even though they may not be oak) will create the necessary density. In open fields, plant trees 5 to 8 feet apart within rows and 10 to 12 feet apart between rows.
- Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Common Uses: Cabinetry, furniture, interior trim, flooring, and veneer. Comments: Arguably the most popular hardwood in the United States, Red Oak is a ubiquitous sight in many homes.
When to Plant Acorns. If you choose to plant an acorn, it is best to do so sometime between mid-fall and early spring. Early November is optimal for the health of the tree. When planting an acorn in fall, it's best to wait until seasonal rains have already wetted the ground.
- When to Plant Acorns. If you choose to plant an acorn, it is best to do so sometime between mid-fall and early spring. Early November is optimal for the health of the tree. When planting an acorn in fall, it's best to wait until seasonal rains have already wetted the ground.
- To start growing pine trees from seed, gather large brown (or slightly green) cones in fall. The cones should be closed; if open, they probably have already released their seeds. Toogood says trees that have a lot of cones are more likely to have viable seeds. Lay the cones in an open box at room temperature.
- Although your live oaks may be immature specimens now, you should space them according to their mature height -- live oaks grow to a staggering 80 feet tall. As a result, their spacing needs to be no less than 40 feet. The space beneath the tree, such as within the drip line, is the most important area to keep clear.
Updated: 19th September 2018