Quercus macrocarpa

Bur Oak, Mossycup Oak

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - Slow over 20 year period
Mature Height - 70-80'
Mature Width - 70-80' or more
Longevity - estimated at 300 years (Urbana, IL)

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Brown catkins
Fruit - Nut, solitary, usually stalked, .75 -1.5" long, broadly ovoid, downy at apex, deep cap
Leaf - Alternate, simple, obovate to oblong-obovate, 4-10" long, 2-5" wide, dark green above, often grayish to white underneath. Shaped like a bass fiddle.
Fall Color - Dull yellow-green, yellow to yellow-brown
Bark - Rough, deep ridged and furrowed character, dark gray to gray brown
Other Features - Weakly pyramidal form.
Possible Use - Use in large areas
Season Of Interest -

Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Difficult to transplant, prefers full sun in limestone soils. Very adaptable to various soils from sandy plains to moist alluvial bottoms, more tolerant of city conditions than most oaks. Zone 3-8
Native Habitat - Nova Scotia to Pennsylvania, west to Manitoba and Texas. Introduced 1811
Diseases and Insects - Anthracnose, bacterial leaf scorch, basal canker, canker, leaf blister, leaf spots, powdery mildew, rust, twig blights, wilt, wood decay, shoe-string root rot, galls, scales, gypsy moth, yellow necked caterpillar, oak skeletonizer, lace bug, oak mite
Strength - Excellent park or large area tree
Weakness - Too large for average home landscape

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