CHARACTERISTICS OF ‘BOARDWALK’ LIVE OAKS
Boardwalk is a live oak cultivar with a very dominant central leader. Branches attach to the trunk at wide angles (generally 45 – 60 degrees) so included bark is easily avoided. Lateral branches turn gradually upward forming an upright, pyramidal canopy. As the tree matures its canopy remains pyramidal shaped but more widely so. Short twiggy branches are born along Boardwalks curved lateral branches giving it a somewhat formal appearance. Leaves are dark green, long, and narrow and are very persistent through the winter months. Boardwalk has a fast growth rate especially as a juvenile and is easily pruned to meet the Florida Grades and Standards resulting in a well-structured tree. Because of the abundance of lateral branches originating from the trunk and the wide angles of attachment, lifting the canopy years after planting can be accomplished without compromising the overall shape and uniformity of the canopy. Boardwalk is an excellent choice for a street and parking lot planting, blending structural characteristics with a dense, well – shaped canopy that requires minimal structural pruning as it grows.