Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)

Bur oak is one of the most majestic of the native North American oaks. It is a medium to large sized deciduous oak of the white oak group that typically grows 60-80′ (less frequently to 150′) tall with a broad-spreading, rounded crown. It is native to a variety of habitats in central and eastern North America.Insignificant monoecious yellowish-green flowers in separate male and female catkins appear in spring as the leaves emerge. Fruits are oval acorns (to 1 1/2″ long), with fringed, burry cups that extend to approximately 1/2″ to 3/4″ the acorn length. Acorns are an important source of food for wildlife. Leathery, dark green leaves have an undistinguished yellow-brown fall color. Twigs are ridged with corky wings. *Collected from multiple locations across Nebraska. * 2004 GreatPlantsWinner & ReTree suggested species



Map courtesy of USDA-NRCS Plants Database.

Additional information

Scientific Name

Quercus macrocarpa






Rounded, open


Dark green above, grayish beneath

Fall Foilage

Yellow-brown to purple

Native To

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