Plants of the UNF Campus

Quercus myrsinaefolia - Chinese evergreen oak
Family Fagaceae


As the common name suggests, this is an evergreen oak that is native to China and Japan. Compared to our native live oak, it is smaller, has larger leaves, and has a smooth gray bark. Reportedly, its acorns have been used as a grain and in making a beverage in Asia.


See these plants at the southeast corner of building 2 and south of building 3.


Medium sized tree to about thirty feet tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun

Water: drought tolerant when established

Soil: adaptable, no special requirements

This is a relatively slow-growing tree. It is hard to find in nurseries but appears to be well-suited for north Florida. Newly planted trees seem to require regular deep watering for the first year or so to get established.