Bur Oak


Bur Oak

Quercus macrocarpa 70-80' x same.

Hardiest of the white oaks with a deeply grooved massive trunk and a wide-spreading crown of huge branches. Small branches are distinctively corky, winged and tend to twist and kink. The habit is upright and somewhat vase-shaped.

Lustrous dark green foliage and large 1–2" acorns, each almost entirely enclosed in a fringed cup. These are edible and low in tannic acid; when roasted they supposedly make a decent coffee substitute.

The most urban-tolerant oak. Fairly fast growing. Needs full sun but adaptable to a wide range of soil types including clay. Native to eastern U.S. and Canada. Z3. (1-3' bare-root trees)

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Many oaks are native to New England. Contrary to much of the literature, all acorns are edible, both reds and whites. Oaks are monoecious so you need only one to get acorns.

For more info:
About Oaks.