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Quercus virginiana 'SDLN22' PP 12,015



Identified in 1994 as a superior seedling at Shadowlawn Nursery, Cathedral Oak was the first live oak cultivar to be selected for its strong central leader, evenly spaced branching habit and dense, dark green leaves.  In juvenility the Cathedral Oak is pyramidal in shape but over time will mature to ovoid.  Cathedral Oak branches at wide angles strong enough to support its vigorous growth and its central leader is easily maintained at any stage of the tree's maturity.  This makes Cathedral Oak easier for the grower to manage and provides a desirable solution to stricter landscape ordinances.  Many small, interior branches help form the dense canopy without crossing or crowding the other branches.  This sturdy structure lends itself to a stronger tree with age.  Cathedral Oak's leaves are darker green than standard seedlings and it will hold its lush green growth longer through the winter when other live oaks may go semi0decidious.  Cathedral Oak is well suited as a street tree, especially when planted in rows or groups which will highlight the tree's uniformity in shape, size, and growth habit.         


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14' - 22' OA  X  4" - 6" caliper


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60' x 60'+

Wide, spreading, with horizontal branches as a mature tree, typically, more vertical as a juvenile

Full sun

Widely adaptable - will thrive in high or low PH sites with reasonably good drainage

Grows best with even moisture; will tolerate occasional flooding and periods of drought after establishment

Zones 7 - 10

Live oaks are suitable for many applications; boulevards, parking lots, windbreaks, shade trees and as wildlife habitats.

This large native tree is wind resistant, tolerant of diverse conditions and has few pest problems of consequence.  Live oaks should be considered as an enduring feature of the landscape.  

Cathedral® Live Oak - RPG