At Above and Beyond Tree Service we have a deep-rooted passion, devotion, and respect for trees. We are inspired by their beauty, strength, power, and their indelible role in our community and the environment. We want to share our passion for trees with you through our educational blog series, Tree Facts, to hopefully inspire you too. This series offers information we hope you’ll find useful on a different species of tree each month, focusing on trees you might find in your own backyard and neighborhood here in Northeast Florida.
Scientific name: Quercus Nigra
Also known as: Possum oak, spotted oak, duck oak, punk oak, orange oak
Size: 60-100 feet, 50-80 wide, conical shape
Lifespan: 30-80 years, tends to live longer in drier inland climates
Characteristics: The green leaves are highly variable in shape, with some resembling duck feet and others being spatula-shaped. The leaves can also look like there is a drop of water hanging from them. The water oak produces an abundance of acorns that are an important food source for many animals.
Sept. 11 was already a somber and thought-provoking day for Americans before Sept. 11, 2017. That date also has the distinction of being the day Hurricane Irma barreled past Jacksonville, leaving in its wake a path of destruction and devastation not seen in decades in Northeast Florida.
A Definitive Guide to Azalea Care
Azalea bushes are the south’s favorite Rhododendron. They’re planted in every, or every other, lawn on nearly every street in Florida. It’s a popular bush due to the springtime blooms and their bright vivid colors. Unfortunately, these bushes often go without regular maintenance leading to an overgrown bush that can take over a lawn.
Nothing says southern charm like the old expansive oaks strewn across the landscape. From Gone With the Wind’s Twelve Oaks plantation to todays mature oaks that still dot the Northeast Florida landscape, oaks are an integral part of of our southern history. However, many people still have no idea how to identify the different types of oaks in our area.