Quercus macrocarpa

Bur Oak

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Bur Oak is a large native deciduous tree with a broad-spreading rounded crown.  The large leathery lobed foliage has a pair of deep sinuses in the middle and turns shades of yellow-brown in fall. The large acorns have mossy bur cups that extend halfway down the nut.  Best grown in full sun and rich well-drained soils. 

Type: 

Tree

Height: 

60’ - 80’

Spread: 

60’ - 80’

Spacing: 

70’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

3 - 8

Culture: 

Full Sun, Part Sun

Bloom Color: 

Green

Season of Interest:

Fall

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low Maintenance.  Oaks are susceptible to a large number of diseases, including oak wilt, blight, root rot, anthracnose, oak leaf blister, cankers, leaf spots, and powdery mildew.  Potential insect pests include scale, oak skeletonizer, leaf miner, galls, oak lace bugs, borers, caterpillars and nut weevils.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensNaturalized AreasWildlife Gardens Privacy Screen, and Shade Tree.

COMPANION PLANTS: Crape Myrtle, Spirea, Serviceberry

IMAGE: Photo by Matt Lavin, Quercus macrocarpa

 

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