Bur Oak

Quercus macrocarpa

Native to most of the U.S., the bur oak is a large sprawling white oak, often growing wider than tall with a max spread of around 100’. Being a white oak, the leaves do not have bristle tips on the lobe of the leaf. The bur oak boasts the biggest acorn in the oak family, thus earning the macrocarpa (large fruit) name. In the open the bur oak develops low branches giving it a mushroom shaped crown, but in woods it has a beautiful, long look. The bark is very thick with ridges that have moderately deep furrows. and corky. Because of the corky bark the branches of the bur oak have a high tolerance to fire.


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