Bur Oak

Arbor walk #108, Treekeeper ID #1757

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.

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.

NameBur Oak
Latin NameQuercus macrocarpa
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