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Bur Oak

Will Ship Spring 2024

Plant Type: Dormant, bare-root

Zones:  2-8

Soil Type:  Clay, Loamy & Sandy Soils

Site Selection: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Mature Height & Width:  80-100' Height and 60-80' Spread

Growth Rate:  Moderate - 12-24" per year once established

Moisture Requirements: Dry to average soils

Plant Characteristics

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 from 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.

The Bur Oak is 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 use this tree for nesting and cover.

Product Questions

Is it easy to transplant this tree after it's a few years old?
Question by: Joyce Withers on Apr 23, 2022, 8:53 PM
The tree roots and size of tree will probably not be too large that you can try to transplant them. Try to get most of the roots when you are transplanting the tree.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Apr 25, 2022, 2:25 PM