Live Oak: Historic Ecological Structures by Coder

Reports and materials related to the Live Oak Project. The project was initiated by Larry Tucei to document the great live oak tree ((Quercus virginia) found in the southern United States.

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Live Oak: Historic Ecological Structures by Coder

Post by TN_Tree_Man » Sun Jan 01, 2012 9:34 pm


Wondering if you knew about Dr. Kim Coder's (U of GA Forestry Dept) shared love for big Live oaks? ... te-pub.pdf

I heard him say at a conference that he wasn't interested in any "small" stuff, that is, any trees less than 8 feet in diameter!

Steve Springer

Live Oak: Historic Ecological Structures
by Dr. Kim D. Coder, Professor of Tree Biology & Health Care, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia
Live oak (Quercus virginiana) is an ecological and cultural icon of the Southern United States. The
species live oak has a diverse set of individual traits across many types of sites, and contains a number of
varieties and hybrids. Live oak can be a massive spreading tree along the lower Coastal Plain. Live oak can
also be a small, wind-swept tree growing on sand ridges near the ocean. Live oak is much more varied than its

Live oaks are ecological structures with great canopy and root spread outward from a large diameter,
squat stem. The trees are sources of food, protection, and support to a host of other plants and animals. They
are life centers and life generators wherever they grow. Live oaks also represent a marker for the history of
this nation, and the nations which have come before. Live oaks have served humans and animals as food, fuel,
lumber, chemicals, and shade. Today live oak represents both an biological and social heritage.
"One can always identify a dogwood tree by it's bark."

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