PlantFiles Pictures: suncatcheracres picture (Live Oak (Quercus virginiana))
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I love these trees, even though their shade makes it hard to raise veggies. I have about two dozen two hundred to five hundred year old live oaks on my property, and the trees are the main reason I bought the six acres in the first place.
It is also about 4 to 6 degrees warmer in the Winter and even more degrees cooler in the Summer under the canopy of the trees, and thus I get no frost when the temperature is just at freezing. And the leaf litter makes wonderful mulch for all of my flower and veggie beds--I just rake my 300 foot long sandy driveways, where the leaves will do no good for any plants, as the driveways are mowed two or three times a year.
But a forester told me that this is the largest and oldest of my trees--truly virgin forest--it was a baby when the Spanish were first exploring Florida, and there is some type of Indian mound on the ten acre property across the road. And Andy Jackson fought his most southernmost battle in the Indian Wars right here in this area, killing over 2,000 Indian villagers.
Old Town was the Indian name for this area, and apparently it had been an Indian village for perhaps thousands of years, where the people could live off of the bounty of the Suwannee River and the nearby Gulf of Mexico, and in the Fall gather the hickory harvest. I am part Cherokee Indian, so I'm interested in the local Indian history, and I'm trying to learn more about how the local tribe, called Tumacuans, lived off of the land, and what resources they used, especially the native plants for food and medicine.
So having one of these ancient trees on your property is truly a blessing, I believe--they have lived through so much!