Almost all of the front-yard trees we have in Centerpointe are the live oaks, which were originally planted by both of the neighborhood builders (Brighton and Meritage).
I'm not certain of the exact live oak species we have here (there are many), but if I look up live oak on the website of the big-box retailer Lowes hardware for instance, it tells me that what they carry is the species Quercus Virginiana. This is probably typical of other local suppliers.
Q. Virginiana is a quasi-evergreen tree that looks like it ought to be a deciduous tree, because it has the shape and size of leaf that one expects to see falling off once per year. But this tree has a peculiar habit: when it decides to defoliate (shed its leaves), which is not every year, it does so in the spring, rather than the fall or winter as typical deciduous trees do.
|Here's a close-up of one of mine this morning.|
Looks pretty pathetic, eh?
Brown, and then they fall off en masse until the tree looks like a scraggly hot mess.
Moral of the story: What you see today with your live oaks is not necessarily what you're going to see a month from now when they have bounced back from their current leaf-shed. Check before chopping.
|Looking rather crummy at this point, but not to worry. This tree is actually healthy.|