Quercus myrtifolia - Myrtle oak
About 600 species of oaks can be found around the world,
mostly in the northern hemisphere. Myrtle oak is native to Florida and adjacent states. It is a small
oak found with pine and turkey oak in dry natural areas of campus. It is
densely branched. The evergreen leaves are broad and oval in outline. Trees are
too small and slow growing for commercial timber use but it is a valuable fuel
wood. The small acorns tend to be produced every other year. The acorns are
food for wildlife.
See this plant in the higher, drier natural areas around campus.
A small tree that can grow to a height of about thirty feet.
Light: full sun
Water: very drought tolerant
Soil: well-drained, no other special requirements
This native tree is rare in nurseries. It is a nice small,
slow-growing tree for sunny, dry locations.