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Plant Name:

Bur Oak

Scientific Name:

Quercus macrocarpa


Bur Oak is a native deciduous tree known for its large acorns and distinctive deeply lobed leaves. It has a broad, spreading crown and provides excellent shade.


Prairies, open woodlands, floodplains


Bur Oak provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds and small mammals. Its acorns are an important food source for wildlife. The tree's large size and spreading crown also provide nesting sites and cover for birds.

Growing Conditions:

Bur Oak thrives in well-drained soils and full sun. It is tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions, including clay. It is also drought-tolerant once established.


Bur Oak is often used as a shade tree in landscapes and parks. Its wood is used for lumber, furniture, and other woodworking projects. It is also a valuable tree for wildlife habitat and conservation.

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Fun Facts:

Bur Oak is sometimes referred to as "Mossycup Oak" or "Mossy Overcup Oak".

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