Live Oak or southern live Oak is the state tree of Georgia. The scientific name of the Georgia’s state tree Live Oak is Quercus virginiana. Quercus is the genus of the Live Oak and Quercus virginiana is its species. The Georgia’s state tree Live Oak is commonly known as The Live Oak, the Southern Live Oak, and the Texas Live Oak, Virginia live oak, bay live oak, scrub live oak, plateau oak, plateau live oak, escarpment live oak, and (in Spanish) roble .It is also called live oak within its native area, actually its full name southern live oak. It belongs from the beech family of Fagaceae. It is commonly found in the southeastern U.S. states from Virginia to Florida and west to Texas.
When a state body selects a symbol for the state it should represent extra ordinary design, quality, expression cultural, traditional and religious back ground, which go back thousands of years for its popularities. On basis of the facts that stated above, the Georgian General Assembly has been adopted the Live Oak tree as the official state tree of Georgia on 25 Feb, 1937.
It is not only the state tree of Georgia but also state and national tree of many other countries and states with variant of species, like as State tree of Iowa (Bur Oak), New Jersey (Red Oak), Maryland, Connecticut, Illinois (White Oak) and national tree of Germany, Italy, Latvia, Moldova, Serbia, Romania, USA (Oak), Croatia, Estonia (Pedunculate Oak), Cyprus (Golden Oak), Portugal (Coral Oak), United Kingdom (Royal Oak).
Facts about Georgia’s State Tree [Live Oak]
- Common Name: The Live Oak, the Southern Live Oak, and the Texas Live Oak
- Genus: Quercus
- Species: Quercus virginiana
- Found in: Commonly found in the southeastern U.S. states from Virginia to Florida and west to Texas
- Flower Color: Time of blooming: March through May.
- Twig: Slender, gray and pubescent, with small, blunt, numerous fatal buds.
- Bark: Quickly increasing red-brown trough with small surface scales. Gradually are becoming black and very blocky.
- Leaf: Rotate, plain, evergreen, leathery, 2 to 5 inches long, oblong or oval in shape with an entire or spiny and revolute margin.
- Fruit: Acorns (fruits of the Oak tree) are in bunch of 3 to 5, which are maturing in a season.
- Type: Evergreen
- Purpose: Fragrant, ornamental.
- Symbolism: Sovereignty, power, Strength & Endurance, Generosity & Protection, Justice, Nobility, Honesty & Bravery
The Georgia’s state tree Live Oak or Quercus virginiana is evergreen plants with a diversity forms, either shrubby or dwarfed with large and dispersal, depending upon the place. Generally live oak grows on sandy soils of low coastal areas. The Oak wood is very weighty and tough but better to used at current. The leaves of Live Oak are rotate, plain, evergreen, leathery, 2 to 5 inches long, oblong or oval in shape with an entire or spiny and revolute margin. The frontage of the leaf is shiny and the rear is light and juvenile. Live oak never reaches great height, but occasionally the circlet may have a span of 46 in (150 ft) or more. It open-grown specimens may have trunks 200 cm (79 in) in d.b.h. and average 15 in (50 ft) in height. The live oak trees prefer acidic loam, and admit most types of soil, together with sand and clay. It can grow in alkaline or acidic soil, wet or well-drained. If once the Live Oak established it can resist burly winds and also dearth lenient.
The Georgia’s state tree Live Oak or Quercus virginiana has strong astringent properties. Internally as a tea it helps fight diarrhea and dysentery. Externally it can be used to treat hemorrhoids, inflamed gums, wounds, and eczema. It has also been used as American folk medicine. Live oak trees have lot of magical/magickal properties, some of which are: (a) Dreaming of resting under an oak tree means have a long life and wealth. (b) Climbing the tree in dream means a relative will have a hard time of it in the near future. (c) Dreaming of a fallen oak is means the loss of love.
The Georgia’s state tree Live Oak as the King of Trees has been sacred to the various European Gods including Zeus, Jupiter, Thor and Jumala. Pliny wrote about the Druids reverence just before this tree, illumination that they assembled for ceremony in Oak orchards, congregation the sacred mistletoe with a golden sickle. Likewise the Galatian peoples held gathering in oak sanctuary. The fruits of Oak which called acorns also have symbolic importance that it used as a divinatory system. Combining all this, the Oak can represent community, religious virtue and foresight.
To sum up, Live Oak or southern live Oak is the state tree of Georgia that symbolizes Sovereignty, power, Strength & Endurance, Generosity & Protection, Justice, Nobility, Honesty & Bravery and also the spirit of the state that makes it as the state tree of Georgia.