Myrtle Oak
Quercus myrtifolia

Family: Fagaceae (fag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Quercus (KWER-kus) (Info)
Species: myrtifolia (mir-tih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Cream/Tan

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Evergreen

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bartow, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Clermont, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Sebring, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Dec 5, 2004, TREEHUGR from Now in Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have a myrtle oak in my yard. It was planted by the builder right before I bought the house. I can't say it's an exciting or especially attractive specimin. The birds don't go near it. The leaves aren't that interesting. It's just kind of there. Yawn...zzzzzzzz

12/24 I'm adding that the tree is still young. Perhaps it will become more appealing to wild life later in maturity. It's an evergreen though and I just can't say I dig evergreen oaks. Not a big tree... Rounded shape to 30 feet.

Positive

On Oct 22, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Myrtle Oak is an excellent, drought-tolerant tree or shrub native to the sandy ridges, dunes, scrub, and dry areas on the coastal plain in the Southeastern U.S. from North Carolina through Florida, westward to Mississippi. It provides food and great shelter for wildlife, including, in Florida, where it is found mainly in the dry scrub and sandy areas such as the valuable Florida Scrub, endangered species such as the Florida Scrub Jay, which relies on the tree or scrubby, tall shrub for food and shelter where it can raise its young. Sadly, this tree and its habitat is threatened by development. However, it is great for a native plant or wildlife garden and seeds for propagation may be often available!

MORE FACTS - Survives dry habitats and drought. Acorns provide food for wil... read more

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On Jul 26, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

A small, shrubby tree, Myrtle Oak grows mostly along the coasts and the sandy ridges (ancient dunes) of Florida. Note the rounded shape of the leaves.