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Bur Oak Tree

Quercus macrocarpa

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Bur Oak Tree

Quercus macrocarpa

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Bird Friendly
Tolerates Acidic Soil
Tolerates Alkaline Soil

Botanical Name

Quercus macrocarpa

Outdoor Growing zone


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Sun needs

Full Sun



Planting a tree is an act of faith in the future, and oak trees live longer than almost any other tree. For a beautiful, rugged specimen or shade tree on a lawn, you can’t beat the Bur Oak. This American native white oak is one of the fastest growing oaks, and the one most tolerant of urban conditions. Young trees grow 12 to 24 inches a year, and soon develop into handsome specimens. Their large, leathery leaves create dense shade to keep you cool in summer, and the broad crown makes for a grand look. You are also helping wildlife, since the large acorns are a valuable winter food for both animals and birds. For a shade tree or to develop a wooded area, the Bur Oak cannot be beaten.

  • Majestic, long-lived specimen tree
  • Large leathery deep-green leaves
  • Heavy acorn crops for wildlife
  • Very tolerant of different conditions
  • Grows well across almost all the country

Plant the Bur Oak tree in full sun, in almost any soil. It will grow in clay or sand, and once established it is very drought tolerant. Yet it also tolerates periods of flooding, such as during the spring thaw. It is hardy even in zone 5, but it also grows well in the heat and drought of Texas. This tree literally lives for hundreds of years, and it is almost never affected by the minor pests or diseases that may be seen on it. For a real investment in the future, which also grows quickly and that will be a handsome small tree in a few years, nothing beats the Bur Oak.

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