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Bur Oak


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Quercus macrocarpa shape

Quercus macrocarpa

  • Height: 55’
  • Spread: 45’
  • Site characteristics: Deep sandy to clay soils; full to partial sun
  • Zone: 3a - 9a
  • Wet/dry: Tolerates drought and intermittent flooding
  • Native range: Eastern United States
  • pH: 5.0 - 8.2
  • Shape: Broadly oval, irregular and open
  • Foliage: Dark green
  • Fall color: Yellow to yellowish brown
  • Other: Slow growing massive trees needing adequate space, corky bark.
  • Additional: Transplant small sizes in spring.
  • Pests: Prone to gypsy moths and susceptible to anthracnose. Intermediate preference by orange-striped oakworms.

 Quercus macrocarpa Bur oak
Photos: Jesse Saylor, MSU

Quercus macrocarpa leaves
Photos: Jesse Saylor, MSU

bur oak range
Map indicates species’ native range. Source: U.S. Geological Survey.

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