Sand Live Oak, Quercus geminata
side image of gopher tortoise opening its mouth. Figure 4 from  Wildlife of Florida Factsheet: Gopher Tortoise: WEC396/UW441, 8/2018
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Dune Restoration Plants
Fagaceae (taxonomic family)

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Miller, Debbie, Mack Thetford, Chris Verlinde, Gabriel Campbell, and Ashlynn Smith. 2018. “Sand Live Oak, Quercus Geminata: SGEB-75-21/SG182, 9/2018”. EDIS 2018 (5). Gainesville, FL.


Sand live oak is found throughout northern Florida, more broadly west to Louisiana, and northeast to North
Carolina. It is found in beach dunes, backdunes, sandhills, coastal areas, and inland areas with deep sandy soils.
While this plant forms trees farther inland, it is commonly reduced to shrubs and sub-shrubs because of the extreme environmental conditions of the coast. The acorns of this plant are a valuable food source for wildlife. Sand live oak is available also in commercial nurseries and is often used as a landscape plant.

This publication is derived from information in SGEB-75/SG156, Dune Restoration and Enhancement for the Florida Panhandle, by Debbie Miller, Mack Thetford, Christina Verlinde, Gabriel Campbell, and Ashlynn Smith.
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