Myrtle Oak, Quercus myrtifolia
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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. “Myrtle Oak, Quercus Myrtifolia: SGEB-75-22/SG183, 9/2018”. EDIS 2018 (5). Gainesville, FL.


Myrtle oak is one of the three scrub oaks characteristic of scrub communities. It occurs on coastal regions of the Florida Panhandle and throughout the Florida peninsula and coastal southeastern United States west to Mississippi and east to South Carolina. The acorns of myrtle oak are an important food source for wildlife.

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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Griffin, J., and N. Bassuk. 1996. Preliminary progress on the asexual propagation of oaks. Combined Proceedings, International Plant Propagators' Society 46:487-494.

Lumban Tobing, S.T. 2009. "Germination and establishment of woody species with barrier island interdunal swales." Master's thesis. University of Florida.

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