Bur Oak Details

Bur Oak

  • Botanical Name: Quercus macrocarpa
  • Plant Type: Shade Tree
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun
  • Water Demand: Low
  • Landscape Use: Shade Provider
  • Ornamental Value:
  • Native/Adapted: Native
  • Wildlife Value:
  • Season:
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
  • Plant Form: Upright, Rounded
  • Plant Spread: 70'
  • Plant Height: 80'


Large leaves, distinctive bark, and huge acorns. Majestic, fast-growing shade tree--one of the best for North Texas.

The Bur oak is one of the most widely adaptable oaks and is native to North Central Texas. It is a large, rounded tree with bold limbs and a thick trunk. The leaves are large and deep green, turning yellow-brown in the fall. The acorns can be up to 2 inches in size and have a thick mossy cap. Due to its large size, it is best suited for a large yard that provides room for it to develop. The Bur oak has a moderate to fast growth rate. Aphids, spider mites, and sooty mold occasionally affect it but are not serious threats.

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