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Bur Oak

Quercus macrocarpa

GIS Coordinate:
N40 21.156 W94 52.918

Trail Number:
T33

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Description

Family:
Fagaceae

Foliage:
Leaves alternate, simple, 4 to 10 inches long, Lobes are wider at the top

Native Locale:
Nova Scotia to Pennsylvania, west to Manitoba and Texas

Mature Height:
70 to 80 feet

Mature Width:
Equal or greater than height

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 3 to 8

Soil Preference:
Very adaptable to various soils and is found on sandy plains to moist alluvial bottoms, limestone soils are favored; succeeds well even in dry, clay soils

Growth Habit:
Weakly pyramidal to oval in youth gradually developing a massive turn and a broad crown of stout branches; impressive as an open-grown specimen of the prairie

Rate of Growth:
Slow, over a 20 year period 15 to 20' of growth could be considered average

Disease and Insect:
Anthracnose, basal canker, canker, leaf blister, leaf spots, powdery mildew, rust, twig blights, wilt, wood decay, shoe-string root rot, various galls, scales, gypsy moth, yellow-necked caterpillar, pin oak sawfly, saddleback caterpillar, oak skeletonizer, asiatic oak weevil, two- lined chestnut borer, flatheaded borer, leaf miner, oak lace bug and oak mite

Landscape Value:
n/a

Additional Notes:

  • A fringed cup covers half the acorn. Twigs often have corky wings

Photos

Bark - Bur OakLeaf - Bur OakSummer - Bur OakSummer '08 - Bur OakSummer '08 Bark - Bur Oak