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Oak (Burr)

Quercus macrocarpa

Trunk and branches of the Burr Oak

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.

Table of tree prices
Tree Container SizeStem CaliperPlant HeightPrice
#151.5-2"5-6'$159 (summer 2021)
#904-4.5"14-16'sold out