The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Life Oak
Look up. The branches above you belong to the Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana), also known simply as the live oak. This tree gets its name because it's evergreen; unlike other oaks, it doesn't lose its leaves in the autumn. The live oak does more than just provide shade; it serves as as habitat for hundreds of living organisms, including mammals, birds, insects, and other plants.
Live Oak Facts
★ Live oaks can grown to be as tall as 65 feet with branches that can spread to be more than 90 feet wide—that's the length of two tour buses!
★ The oldest live oaks in the United States are estimated to be between several hundred to more than a thousand years old.
★ Wood from live oaks is incredibly tough and durable and was used to make some of the world's finest ships.
An Enduring Symbol
For centuries, the live oak has been a symbol of safety, strength, and resilience. For some enslaved African Americans, live oaks provided shade and shelter while toiling in the fields. They
Today, Smithsonian Gardens works with other organizations to preserve live oaks as an important part of our shared cultural and ecological heritage.
Erected by Smithsonian Gardens.
Location. 38° 53.444′ N, 77° 1.989′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 15th Street Northwest 0.1 miles south of Constitution Avenue Northwest (U.S. 50), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 15th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20560, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Live Oaks: A Symbol of Strength (within shouting distance of this marker); Live Oaks: Specimens of Global, Scholarly and Public Research (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Live Oaks: A Gathering Place (about 300 feet away); A Monumental Legacy (about 300 feet away); Washington: The City (about 400 feet away); Washington City Canal on the Tiber Creek (about 500 feet away); Washington Monument (about 500 feet away); Washington: The Monument (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.