Southern live oak
There are several smaller evergreen oaks along the coastal plain. Southern live oak is unique in its large size, spreading branches, smooth oblong leather leaves with light colored undersides.The flowers are produced in catkins and the acorns are small and oblong with black tips.
Southern live oak is considered to be one of the "noblest trees in the world and virtually an emblem of the Old South." In many parts of the south, these trees are protected for public enjoyment. The acorns of southern live oaks are an important food source for many birds and mammals. This is a very fast growing tree and is therefore are often planted for erosion control. It also has potential for use in revegetating coal mine spoils. Properly cared for, southern live oaks can survive for centuries.