Best growth is made in moist, acid soil, sand, loam, or clay, but the tree is amazingly adapted to drought. Young trees grow three feet each year and the trunk adds about one-inch in diameter under nursery conditions.
Construction-impacted trees take a long time to die, giving live oak a reputation for being a tough tree.
The fast-growing variety 'Heritage' is recommended for desert areas, and is more common in the southwestern United States.
but nursery operators do not normally differentiate among the live oaks. Occasionally mites infest the foliage, but they are of little concern in the landscape. There are many types and galls can be on the leaves or twigs.
On large trees, naturally-occurring predatory insects will often bring the aphid population under control.
It is usually the last tree to die around a newly constructed building.
Sand live oak, , grows on sandy soil, is more upright and open-crowned in habit, has thick revolute leaves and acorns produced in pairs.
Most galls are harmless so chemical controls are not suggested.
Scales of several types can usually be controlled with sprays of horticultural oil.