Quercus macrocarpa

Bur Oak

Quercus macrocarpa - Bur Oak

Tips for Homeowners:

Rarely needs pruning.

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This tall, majestic tree is suitable as a shade tree, will draw and feed wildlife and is faster growing than most other oaks.

  • Slow-growing, long-lived impressive tree
  • Broad spreading, rounded crown
  • Grows in a wide range of conditions
  • Excellent, stately shade tree

Best planted in large yard or a park.

Height: 70-80 Feet
Spread: 70-80 Feet
Zone: 3 - 8
Color: Green, Yellow

Interesting Notes about Bur Oak:

Bur Oak is named appropriately because the acorn has fringe on the cup that resembles a burr.  This acorn is also the largest of all acorns and surprisely the tree does not bear acorns for at least 20 years and sometimes much longer.  This is an easy-to-grow tree perfect for a very large yard.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Naturalizing
  • Low Maintenance
  • Specimen
  • Great Foliage
  • Attractive fruit
  • Drought Tolerant

Foliage Color:

  • Green
  • Yellow


  • Full Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water