Live Oak (Quercus Virginiana) Trees in Vero Beach, FL are Being Decimated. Part One.

Live Oak Tree in Vero Beach, FL. Notice how the road was located to protect the tree.

According to an article by Sheila Lowenstein in the March 2002 issue of Vero Beach Magazine,“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.”

But now there seems to be a surge of the irresponsible cutting of Live Oak trees. See for yourself.


Live Oaks firewood from above photo.
New construction, Central Beach. Four Live Oaks removed.
New construction, Central Beach. Four Live Oaks removed.
Live Oak Cut back at Village Shops, Indian River Shores. The Oak is dying.
Live Oak cut back at Village Shops, Indian River Shores. Tree Orchids dying because of the lack of shade.
Two historic “Canapé” Live Oaks removed from this new construction in Old Riomar. One was one of the most beautiful Canapé Live Oaks in Vero Beach.
Such a photogenic scene. Who was the arborist?
Another Central Beach road curved to protect a Live Oak.

As we studied these cuttings and travelled around to observe them, we found many of these properties were purchased by people from out of state, as evidenced by out of state license plates. How do we educate newcomers about how the Live Oaks are a “characteristic” of Vero Beach?

Part Two: The Consequences of Decimating Wild Oaks.

4 thoughts on “Live Oak (Quercus Virginiana) Trees in Vero Beach, FL are Being Decimated. Part One.

  1. It’s sad that tree destruction occurs throughout the US in the face of only mild protestations. So many of my fellow Americans are unaware of the wholesale destruction of the rainforest in Amazonia, which serves as a carbon sink for CO2 emissions.

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