Burr Oak, or Quercus macrocarpa, one of the most majestic of our native oaks, is an adaptable tree with a rugged, cork-like bark texture that is especially noticeable when the tree is young. Summer foliage is a rich green, and fall color is a warm brown. The leaves are especially large - 10-12 inches long! The winter outline is bold and open.
Burr Oak is a superb specimen tree, very tough and tolerant of both acidic and alkaline soils. It also handles either poorly drained or dry soils with relative ease and makes a fine urban tree if given enough space. And speaking of space, give it plenty. Quercus macrocarpa can grow for centuries, reaching a height of 60'-80' with a spread of equal size. This is one of those legacy trees: we plant them with the knowledge that our children and grandchildren will receive more benefits from them than we will.
And that's okay. Tree planting is all about giving, not getting.
|Tree Container Size||Stem Caliper||Plant Height||Price|
|#15||1.5-2"||5-6'||$159 (summer 2021)|