Saturday, January 7, 2012

What is a New Mexico Live Oak?

New Mexico Live Oak (Quercus fusiformis) is also known as Escarpment Live Oak. It is just one of  New Mexico’s native evergreen oaks and is found in the SE part of the state.  It is closely related to Southern Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) but is smaller, and more cold and drought tolerant. It has tough, thick, green leaves and can reach 20-25 ft tall and wide. Most often it grows with multiple trunks and has a deep root system. It can grow as much as 2 feet per year. Once established it is quite drought and heat tolerant making a great landscaping tree to cool off a west or south facing wall.

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