Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)

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Acorns large, encased in prominently hairy cups; leaves lobed, without bristle tips, with two very deep center indentations; growing primarily in Midwestern North America.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: Able to grow in dry or moist soil; east of the Great Plains.

Stature: 60-80 feet high (or larger); to 3 feet in diameter; branches large and heavy; with an open, rounded crown.

Leaves: 6-10 inches long; with 5-9 rounded lobes; typically with two central indentations that extend nearly to the midrib; dark green and shiny above; pale green and slightly hairy below.

Bark: Gray to brown; thick; furrowed and ridged in age.

Acorns: Sweet; to 2 inches long; enclosed 1/2 or more in a characteristically shaggy and hairy cup.

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Quercus macrocarpa

Quercus macrocarpa

Quercus macrocarpa

Quercus macrocarpa

Quercus macrocarpa
A 500-year-old bur oak in Peoria, IL

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