Burr Oak is among the most fire-tolerant tree species.

Burr Oak Tree

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Zone: 3-8 Mature Height: 70'-80'ft Mature Width: 70 to 80 feet Shape: Bulky Growth: slow growing with gaining about a foot per year Sunlight: full sunlight areas Soil: This plant will adapt to all different types of soil Wildlife: attracts bird

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It occurs naturally over a wide range of North America reaching farther north and west than any other eastern oak species. At maturity, the Burr Oak has an average height of 70 to 80 feet and a spread of around 80 feet. Its deep green leaves are large and offer dense shade. The Burr Oak is a very long-lived tree and can live for over 200 to 300 years. Because of its massive size and longevity, it is a slow-growing tree, with height increases of less than a foot per year, but it is resistant to pollution and heat stress. The Burr Oak is among the most fire-tolerant tree species.
The Burr Oak grows well in acidic, alkaline, loamy, sandy, well-drained, wet and clay soils, but while it prefers moderate moisture, it does have some drought tolerance. As far as sun requirements, the Burr Oak does best in full sun and should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day. The massive trunk of the Burr Oak sports dark brown, rough, deeply furrowed bark and its branches produce uniquely large acorns. When planting a Burr Oak, it is essential to take into account all of these factors because it is a thorny tree to transplant .


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As a deciduous tree, the Burr Oak's leaves turn from dark green to yellow, orange and red in the autumn before they are shed. Despite its beauty and value as a shade provider, the Burr Oak's size makes it less ideal for urban or suburban settings yards; it needs considerable space and prefers to grow in the open. This makes the Burr Oak a perfect choice for parks, institutional grounds, and expansive yards.
Burr Oak is a deciduous tree which is attractive, relatively fast-growing and long-lived.
Grows best in zones 3 to 8. They prefer full sun but can tolerate partial shade. The Burr Oak is drought resistant, tolerates a variety of moisture and soil conditions. They are resistant to oak wilt, and make an excellent tree for urban areas, due to their resistance to air pollution and car exhaust. The Burr Oak is an excellent choice for landscaping, yards, and parks. It is often used as windbreaks on farms, due to its large size. Burr Oak can grow up to 100' tall with an 80' spread, making it a beautiful shade tree.
The scientific name for Burr Oaktree is Quercus Macrocarpa.

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