Live oaks are designated as the official tree of the City of Virginia Beach, and with good reason.
Native to the area, live oaks were here long before European settlers. The tree is one of the most distinctive and recognizable plants in the city and immediately brings to mind our coastal areas and maritime ecosystem. They resist salt spray and storm surges, having survived Hurricane Katrina in areas where everything else was reduced to rubble. They control flooding and storm water runoff, and shelter and nourish local wildlife. They are amazingly drought-tolerant and disease- resistant.
Live oaks boast many assets for homeowners. They increase property value and quality of life. They provide incredible shade, reducing air conditioning costs. An evergreen, their dense foliage provides privacy and beautifies the garden all year round.
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How do I request a live oak tree?
Friends of Live Oaks (FOLO) have given away 250 live oak trees for the 2012 year to residents of Virginia Beach. If you were unable to pick up your requested tree or did not request one for 2012, you may do so by visiting FOLO website in August 2013, and fill out the request a tree form. The trees will be available for pick up in October 2013.
Did you know?
The average life span for new trees planted in an urban setting is 13 years. Live oaks, however, can live for 1,400 years.
The live oak was a popular food source among Native American tribes.
Source: Friends of Live Oaks