Live Oaks

Quercus Louisiana

A book by William Guion


A rare and remarkable book…

…that follows one artist’s journey to document Louisiana’s oldest live oak trees, before they are lost and forgotten. 


About the book

Quercus Louisiana is a retrospective of more than 30 years of photographs of Louisiana’s splendid live oak trees – mixed with anecdotes and bits of history about their past and their connections to the people who settled this bayou state.

Illustration of lone oak tree in black and white

When Dr. Edwin Lewis Stephens founded the Live Oak Society in 1934, he commented, “the world does not realize what a splendid possession it holds in this tree... though it got a wrong start in being named Quercus virginiana. Virginia is a fine state, but I don’t believe she has ever had much to show in the way of live oaks.”
Visitors to Louisiana are often in awe of the sprawling moss-draped shape of this distinctly Southern oak

species. Quercus Louisiana reveals, through photos and text, the magic and mystery of Louisiana’s old live oaks. And it shares some of the human stories connected to the trees – anecdotes and accounts of the generations of hopeful souls who settled and built their homes near the oaks’ sheltering limbs. 

Quercus Louisiana is unlike any other book you’ve seen on Louisiana’s remarkable live oaks.