Escarpment Live Oak
Live Oak; Encino, Escarpment Live Oak, Hill Country Live Oak, Plateau Oak
South-central US to northeastern Mexico
- Central Texas
- Full Sun
- Part Sun/Shade
- Very Low
About This Plant
Sun/part shade; semi-evergreen; long-lived and thicket-forming; adapted to thin soils. This is the common live oak of central and south Texas. The massive, craggy haunches are an iconic feature of Texas landscapes and lore; wild specimens are usually retained when towns and subdivisions are laid out. Full-grown specimens cast deep shade that makes it difficult to grow grass underneath; if so, welcome the chance to switch to shade-tolerant plants instead.
Expect regular maintenance, as oaks produce loads of tassles, acorns and leaf litter. Oak wilt spreads very easily between live oaks, due to their interconnected roots. To minimize the risk, prune only during the very hottest and coldest times of the year — NEVER IN SPRINGTIME when the insects that spread it are active. Paint the cuts and clean tools after each tree.
50-55' H, 55-60' W
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Clay, Sandy, Thin
Birds, Butterfly Larvae, Pollinators