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Quercus macrocarpa/Bur Oak

Quercus macrocarpa / Quercus macrocarpa
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Close-up image of foliage

Foliage and acorns

Frilly caps on huge acorns

Large leaves

Foliage and developing acorn

Acorns with large caps

Trunk of the bur oak

Rough, coarse textured bark

Very coarse textured bark of the trunk

A large maturing tree

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Scientific Name: Quercus macrocarpa
Common Name: Bur Oak
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: over 50 feet
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Xeriscapes
Plants that Attract Birds
Comments: A very large tree reaching a height and spread of 70 to 90 feet with an impressive crown, massive trunk, and stout branches. Very large acorns are almost completely covered with a furry, bur-like cap. Tolerant of urban conditions and drought. Use as a shade and specimen tree in home grounds and in large public areas.