How long does it take for an oak tree to grow to full size?
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.
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.
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- 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.
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.
- Dwarfs and semi-dwarfs will bear in 3 to 4 years, yielding 1 to 2 bushels per year. Standard-size trees will bear in 5 to 8 years, yielding 4 to 5 bushels of apples per year. The variety of apple selected should be based on fruit characteristics, bloom time, and pollen compatibility.
- 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.
- 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.
- Once planted, however, oaks do not like to be moved. Most oak seedlings quickly develop a primary tap root that descends deep into the soil. This extensive root system makes large trees very difficult to transplant successfully. If you wish to transplant your young oak, act while it is a sapling.
- The Live Oak can be planted in the most southern zone in the United States, zone 10. Most oaks have a growing range that extends north to zone 4 or 5, but there are several varieties that can grow in zone 3. Zone 3 varieties include the Northern Red, Bur, and White Oak.
Updated: 19th September 2018