Bur oak is a very drought-tough tree common to dry uplands, sandy plains, and prairie grasslands. The wood is commercially valuable and acorn production benefits wildlife. Bur oaks are relatively easy to grow and are often used for shade trees, or shelterbelt plantings.
Bur oak's intermediate shade tolerance and slow growth allow for regeneration by shelterwood and group selection methods.
Bur oak grows on many types of soils ranging from dry, sandy plains to alluvial bottoms. It is very resistant to drought.
A large tree that often reaches over 100 feet tall with a long clear bole. In the open it becomes a very wide, spreading tree.
Bur oak is used for construction lumber, flooring, beams, mine timbers, railroad ties, planking, furniture, veneer, etc.
Bur oak acorns are consumed by a variety of wildlife species. Deer eat the foliage.
Attracts squirrels, mice, cottontails, wood ducks, deer
Insects and Diseases
Bur oak is very drought tolerant, extending across the plains to the foothills of the Rockies. Bur oak has the largest acorns of all North American oak species. Bur oak has performed admirably well on coal mine spoils in Kansas. It has also displayed excellent tolerance to urban air pollution and was named 2001 Urban Tree of the Year by the magazine City Trees.
Quercus: Latin name / macrocarpa: Greek "makros" (large) and "karpos" (seed)
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