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Bur Oak

Botanical Name: Quercus macrocarpa

En français: Chêneà gros fruits


Other names: Blue , Mossycup Oak

The Bur Oak is one of the most massive oaks with a trunk diameter of up to 10 ft. It commonly grows in the open, away from dense forest canopy. When grown in Canada, it is considered a small , 12-18 m high and 60-80 cm in diameter. It lives to 200 years


Lives for 200 to 300 years.


Width: Can be low-branched if grown in the open.

Water: Moderate to high water consumption.


Best Soil: Tolerant to of a variety of soil conditions, adapts well in urban settings.

Its natural habitat: Forests, riverbanks, rich bottomlands, sandy plains..

Caring for Bur Oak

Slow growth rate (less than 12 inches per year). Does best in rich, well-drained, alkaline loam soils. Root system deep and wide-spreading with a deep taproot. Can be hard to transplant but has high pollution tolerance and withstands the city environment. Drought tolerant.

Companion plant suggestions include Eastern White Pine, Eastern Hemlock.



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