Bur Oak

Common Name: Bur Oak

Scientific Name: Quercus macrocarpa

Family: Fagaceae

Type: Deciduous

Habitat: Woodlands, Along Rivers and Streams

Native: Yes

Height: Up to 80 feet

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Soil: Moist, Well drained, Adaptable

Other: Mildly toxic

Description: Bur Oak is a native, deciduous tree that prefers to grow in moist soil and full sun in rich woodlands along rivers or streams. Bur Oak can be distinguished from other Oak trees by its glossy, green leaves that have five to seven deeply rounded lobes and its acorns, which resemble the bur of a Chestnut. These photos of a Bur Oak were taken behind the Mahan Library at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.