Why We Love Live Oaks

Vero Beach is the end of the line for these mighty, moss-laden trees of the Old South.
Canopy streets formed by arching Live Oaks are a Vero Beach landmark.

Vero Beach is unique for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it straddles the Carolina temperate zone and the Caribbean subtropical zone. What that means is that there is an extraordinary diversity of plants and animals living here. It’s about the farthest north that coconut palms can live, the farthest south Spanish moss lives. As Goldilocks might have said, “It’s not too hot and not too cold. It’s just right.”

One attractive characteristic of Vero Beach’s biodiversity is the number and size of the gracious trees called Live Oaks. They are revered by residents and protected by building codes. Indian River County is just about the southernmost reach of their range, which extends north to Virginia and west to Louisiana with some specimens in Cuba and Mexico.

Read the entire article in the March 2002 issue

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