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Burr Oak

Quercus macrocarpa

Valuable to wildlife

Characteristics:
Large, deciduous tree that develops an oval form with a large trunk and stout branches. Macrocarpa means with large fruit, referring to this trees large acorns.

Growing Conditions:
Grows best in full sun to partial sun. Is tolerant of urban conditions including drought, pollution and poor soil.

Uses:
Good shade tree for large areas.

Height:
75' at maturity

Width:
70' at maturity

Shape:
Upright, oval growth in youth, becoming rounded and spreading as the tree matures

Flowers:
Yellow-brown, pendulous male catkins.

Leaves:
Leaves resemble base fiddle or violin in shape, are dark green, and have a lighter-colored underside making a subtle double-color effect in the breeze.

Bark:
Gray, deeply furrowed and grooved with age, making a bold texture as the tree matures.

Native range from Nova Scotia to Pennsylvania, west to Manitoba and Texas.