Quercus macrocarpa Northern (Bur Oak, Mossycup Oak, Mossycup White Oak) is a large deciduous tree native to North America. It belongs to the Fagaceae family, which includes various oak species.
The Bur Oak is known for its impressive size and longevity. It can grow to be a large tree, reaching heights of 70 to 100 feet (21 to 30 meters) with a broad, rounded crown. The trunk is typically thick and often displays a distinctive rough, deeply furrowed bark.
The leaves of the Bur Oak are large, with a distinctive shape characterized by deep lobes that resemble the silhouette of a burr or acorn cap. The foliage is dark green during the growing season and turns yellow or brown in the fall, offering beautiful autumn colors.
One of the notable features of the Bur Oak is its acorns. The acorns are among the largest of any North American oak species, with a mossy or fringed cap that gives rise to the common name "Mossycup Oak." The acorns serve as an important food source for various wildlife, including birds, squirrels, and deer.
Bur Oaks are adaptable and can thrive in a range of soil types, including clay and loam. They are known for their tolerance to harsh weather conditions, making them suitable for planting in northern regions. These trees are often used for landscaping in parks, large yards, and open spaces due to their majestic appearance and ability to provide shade.
Botanical Name : Quercus macrocarpa Northern
Common Name : Bur Oak, Mossycup Oak, Mossycup White Oak
Height : 80 ft
Spread : 30- 40 ft
Germination Info : Seed requires 60 days cold moist stratification
Hardiness zone : 3-8
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 9