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Joan Lionetti Texas Live Oak

Quercus virginiana x fusiformis 'Joan Lionetti' PP27646

Mature Height*: 

20-30 ft

Mature Width*: 

20-30 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone Range:

7 to 11

Hardy to: 

0°F

Water Requirements: 

Moderate Water, although it can be quite drought tolerant

Shade Requirements:

Full Sun

Native to:

Southeastern US into Texas and northeastern Mexico

Civano Growers pays homage to the founder of Tucson Clean and Beautiful, Joan Lionetti, by naming this unrivaled oak clone in her honor.

Exclusive Hybrid Origin and Adaptability:

Introducing Quercus virginiana x fusiformis 'Joan Lionetti' PP 27646, commonly known as Joan Lionetti Texas Live Oak, an exclusive hybrid cultivated by Civano Growers. Originating from precise breeding programs, this hybrid oak combines the best traits of its parent species, resulting in exceptional adaptability and resilience. With origins deeply rooted in innovative horticultural practices, this hybrid oak offers landscape architects a versatile and enduring solution for diverse design needs.

Distinctive Architectural Form and Foliage:

Joan Lionetti Texas Live Oak boasts a distinctive architectural form and lush foliage, making it a standout feature in any landscape design. Characterized by its sturdy trunk and broad canopy, this hybrid oak provides an elegant backdrop or focal point in outdoor spaces. Its glossy, dark green leaves add depth and texture to planting schemes, lending a sense of timeless beauty to the surrounding environment.

Floral Display and Growth Rate:

While Joan Lionetti Texas Live Oak is not known for showy flowers, with careful planning and maintenance, designers can harness its growth potential to create balanced and harmonious outdoor spaces. Its moderate growth rate allows for prompt establishment without sacrificing long-term manageability, ensuring enduring beauty and functionality in landscapes.

Light and Water Requirements:

Thriving under full sun exposure, Joan Lionetti Texas Live Oak flourishes when provided with ample sunlight throughout the day. While tolerant of drought conditions once established, regular watering during the initial growth stages is crucial for optimal health and vitality. Its ability to adapt to varying light and water conditions makes it suitable for a wide range of design applications, from arid landscapes to more temperate environments.

Support for Wildlife and Pollinators:

As a hybrid oak, Joan Lionetti Texas Live Oak contributes to the ecological richness of its surroundings by providing habitat and sustenance for wildlife and pollinators. Its dense canopy offers shelter and nesting sites for birds and small mammals, while its acorns serve as a food source for various wildlife species. Additionally, its presence in the landscape attracts pollinating insects, further enhancing biodiversity and ecological resilience.

Cultural Significance and Heritage:

Named in honor of its breeder, Joan Lionetti, Quercus virginiana x fusiformis 'Joan Lionetti' PP 27646 embodies a legacy of innovation and dedication to excellence. With its exclusive status as a Civano Growers hybrid, this oak variety symbolizes the intersection of botanical expertise and horticultural passion. Landscape architects can draw inspiration from their heritage to create designs that reflect a deep appreciation for nature and a commitment to sustainable landscapes.

Challenges and Considerations:

While generally low-maintenance, designers should consider the mature size and growth habit of Joan Lionetti Texas Live Oak when incorporating it into landscapes. Pruning and maintenance practices should be implemented to manage its growth and ensure a balanced aesthetic. Additionally, its hybrid nature may require careful monitoring for any potential susceptibility to pests or diseases, although it typically exhibits strong resilience.

Integration into Landscape Designs:

With its distinctive form, adaptability, and ecological value, Joan Lionetti Texas Live Oak seamlessly integrates into a variety of landscape designs. Designers can use it to create focal points in urban parks, provide shade in residential gardens, or enhance biodiversity in naturalistic settings. Its exclusive status as a Civano Growers hybrid adds a unique dimension to outdoor spaces, elevating the overall design narrative with its rare and exceptional presence.

Designing with Joan Lionetti Texas Live Oak:

For landscape architects and designers, Quercus virginiana x fusiformis 'Joan Lionetti' PP 27646, known as Joan Lionetti Texas Live Oak, offers an exclusive opportunity to infuse outdoor spaces with timeless beauty, ecological support, and horticultural innovation. Whether featured prominently or subtly incorporated into designs, this hybrid oak embodies a commitment to excellence and sustainability, enriching landscapes with its enduring grace and resilience.

*Height and width estimated for growth in the Tucson, AZ area. True sizes may vary.

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