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How long will a oak tree live?

Last Updated: 3rd February, 2020

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Under ideal conditions, some species of oak tree live 150 years or more, but short-lived varieties die after about 50 to 60 years. Individual lifespans also depend on environmental conditions, pests and diseases, and commercial development. Oak trees can grow as tall and wide as 80 feet.

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Also know, what is the average lifespan of an oak tree?

Maximum Life Span One of the most common and well-known species of oak, the white oak (Quercus alba), has an average life span of 300 years. Under excellent growing conditions, however, white oaks are known to live up to 600 years, making them one of the longest-lived American oak species.

Also Know, how long does a water oak tree live? 60 to 80 years

Correspondingly, how long does it take for an oak tree to die?

It is said that an oak tree takes 300 years to grow, 300 to live and 300 to die. In fact at about 300 years the heart begins to shake and fungus can begin to rot out and hollow the centre of the tree.

What is the lifespan of a pin oak tree?

120 years

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What is the difference between a live oak tree and an oak tree?

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What is the tree that lives the longest?

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How do you bring an oak tree back to life?

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Can a dying oak tree be saved?

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What does a dying oak tree look like?

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