The Quercus virginiana is also known as the Southern Live Oak tree. The Southern Live Oak is a large, sprawling, shade tree that is truly characteristic especially when draped with Spanish moss and is an icon of “the Old South”; the original thirteen colonies. Southern Live Oak trees are extraordinarily durable and can live for centuries if it is properly cared for and located in the landscape. They can withstand occasional hurricanes and resist salt spray from beaches and oceans. Since Live Oak trees grow tall most Live Oaks can withstand fires because flames cannot reach the crowns. Live Oak trees can also withstand winter freezes and come back fuller and more beautiful each spring.
Source: Southern Pride Tree Farm