Quercus macrocarpa / Bur Oak

Height: 60’ to 80’
Spread: 60’ to 80’
Hardiness Zone: 3 to 8
Fall Color: Brown
Preferred Soil: Alkaline Soil, Dry to Moist
Exposure Type: Full Sun



Quercus macrocarpa / Bur Oak

Planting Points: Discover the enduring allure of Quercus macrocarpa, the Bur Oak, a choice embraced for its resilience and grandeur. With its robust trunk and expansive canopy, it provides abundant shade and habitat for wildlife, enriching any landscape. Pruning should be done in the dormant season to prevent attracting beetles that are potentially carrying oak wilt and to prevent further spread of the fungal pathogen that causes bur oak blight.

Siting This Tree: Plant in well-drained soil and ample sunlight for optimal growth. Bur oak can be found growing on dry uplands on limestone and gravelly ridges, sandy plains, and loamy slopes. It can also be found growing in moist flood plains of streams. It is tolerant of drought conditions and occasional flooding. While its size may be a consideration for smaller spaces, the benefits of its longevity and beauty far outweigh any limitations.