Bur Oak 6-12" Seedlings

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Bur Oak

Quercus macrocarpa

Bur Oak trees are very large, grand and long-lived trees.  This oak makes an excellent shade tree and has a very large and stately form.  This hardwood forms stout limbs form a broad crown as it ages and its branches can extend up to 40' in each direction from its trunk.  The tree will grow in a variety of soil conditions and displays good drought resistance.  The Bur Oak is a sturdy tree that will stand the test of time, living for as long as 300-400+ years. 

  • Zones
    2 to 8
  • Soil Type
    Clay, Loamy & Sandy soils
  • Site Selection
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Mature Height & Width
    80-100' Height and 60-80' Spread
  • Growth Rate
    Medium to Fast - 12-18+" per year on average
  • Moisture Requirements
    Drier soils to moist but well drained soils

Product questions

  • Jesse Heiking
    Nov 27, 2017, 10:49

    How long will it take Bur Oak to produce nuts after planting?

    Nov 28, 2017, 14:06

    The Bur Oak is a white oak that will produce its first acorns when it has reached 35 years of age. Plentiful Bur Oak acorn crops will span 3-4 years.

The Bur Oak is also sometimes known as the Mossy Oak.

The Bur Oak is a rather large and stately shade tree with few problems as far as pests or diseases go.  This medium to fast grower will average 12-18" of growth and sometimes up to 2 feet in an average growing season.  This oak will grow both in upland areas, sandy plains, prairie grasslands as well as those slightly lower areas of your property along rivers and streams.  Once this tree matures, it will produce acorns that are enjoyed by many types of birds and wildlife.

Common uses for the Bur Oak:

  • Large stately tree for large spaces
  • Used for a large and long lived wind break
  • Often used on golf courses and in parks and cemeteries
  • Firewood; has a very high heat value
  • Strong lumber used in many types of projects
  • Great wildlife value

The Bur Oak has great wildlife value. Deer, turkeys, quail, jays, some ducks and a wide variety of woodpeckers are attracted to the acorns. Songbirds and many types of squirrels and other mammals used this tree for nesting and cover.

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