Bur Oak

Arbor walk #108

This tree is a deciduous tree in the Fagaceae family and is native to Missouri. The leaves are leathery, dark green and turn to yellow-brown in the fall. It has very large oval acorns that have fringed burry cups.

Name Bur Oak
Latin Name Quercus macrocarpa
Type Native
Diameter 38″ dbh
Color of Leaf Leathery, dark green, yellow-brown in fall
Shape of Leaf Variable with 5-9 rounded lobes, 6-12″ long
Color of Flower Yellow-green
Shape of Flower Insignificant, monoecious, separate male and female catkins
Fruit Characteristics Large, 2″ diameter fringed acorns
Bark Characteristics Dark gray to brown with deep furrows
Foliage Type Deciduous

The Bur Oak is one of the most adaptable and durable trees in the oak family; it can survive in dry, nutrient poor soils, making it drought resistant. Its most distinguishing feature is its large, fringed cups, the largest of the native oaks. Although it is one of the slowest growing oaks, Bur oaks can live for several hundred years. Due to its slow growth, its wood is quite durable and is often used for cabinetry and flooring.