Live Oak gets its name because it remains green year-round. The tree doesn’t succumb to seasonal changes and is a common species throughout much of the southern United States. These trees have a lot of characteristics in common with White Oaks and Red Oaks but differ in color.
Live Oak has a rich history. It was used as a building material in many homes throughout the United States and, more famously, in ship-building. Live Oak gained a legendary reputation for its toughness in the construction of the USS Constitution. It is said that the USS Constitution had cannon blasts bounce off its hull, earning it the nickname “Old Ironsides.”
All our Live Oak comes from local sources near our Sarasota, FL mill. Normally, trees removed from land-development projects end up in as wood chips or mulch for hardening. We believe there are better uses for those logs and began making wood products from them. Slabs and posts are common, but we can craft custom lumber specifically for your needs.
Names: Live Oak, Southern Live Oak, Evergreen Oak
Weight: 5.5 lbs./bd.ft.
Janka Hardness: 2680
Uses: Cabinetry, furniture, flooring, barrels