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live oak trees

St. Augustine Florida planted these live oaks along the street in the lawns of homes on the right and between the curb and a wall on the left. Trees gained tremendous size due to the almost unlimited access roots had to soil space.

Trees were planted about 30 feet apart. This spacing allowed for the crowns of individual trees to touch when they were fairly young and encouraged a more natural upright form. This helps minimize maintenance needs by reducing the pruning needed to keep trees clear of pedestrians, vehicles and buildings. This is the way to develop an urban forest.