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Bur Oak Tree

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 60 - 80 Feet
  • Mature Spread 60 - 80 Feet
  • Growing Zones 3 - 8

Enjoy the rounded form and fall color of the Bur Oak Tree or Quercus macrocarpa. The foliage is a traditional Oak leaf shape and is wider at the end with deep lobes. Leaves measure 4 to 10 inches long. Dark green leaves transition to a golden brown by fall. Inconspicuous spring flowers hang from the terminal ends of branches and give way to 2-inch wide acorns with fringed caps by fall. The acorns attract birds and small animals. Only mature trees produce acorns, and it can take two years for the acorns to grow. This is a deciduous tree with grayish-brown furrowed bark. Bur Oak Trees stand 70 to 80 feet tall and wide.

Use the Bur Oak Tree as a specimen in a yard, line a street, or create shade over a home or entertaining area. The rounded canopy has a stately appearance that anchors a landscape. This tree is native to the Midwestern U.S. and requires minimal care once acclimated. This tree is drought tolerant but can also handle flooding for added adaptability.

Bur Oak Tree Care

Choose a planting location that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight. Bur Oak Trees can live in dry or moist soil but require excellent drainage. Alkaline soils are preferred. Give young trees consistent water to promote drought tolerance at maturity.

Prune the tree as needed when dormant in late winter or early spring. Remove dead or damaged branches, but avoid significant pruning when the tree is actively growing and more susceptible to pests and diseases.

Bur Oak Tree Spacing

Bur Oak Trees can grow wide, so space trees 90 feet away from buildings and roads. Avoid overhead obstructions like utility lines. Space Bur Oak Trees 40 to 50 feet away from other trees when purposefully creating a dense planting. These trees grow slowly, and the space may seem like a lot at planting time, but the branches will have room to spread as the tree matures.

Bur Oak Tree Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 8
Plant Type:
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 60 - 80 Feet
Mature Spread: 60 - 80 Feet
Spacing: 60 - 80 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Green, Yellow
Flower Description: Yellow green catkins
Bloom Period: Spring
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Brown, Green, Purple, Yellow
Foliage Description: Green shades turning Yellow-brown to purple in Spring
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: N/A
Tolerates: N/A
Attracts: N/A
Container Role:
Uses: Specimen or Focal Point
Features: Foliage Interest
Brand: Plant Select
Common Name: Bur Oak Tree
Other Name(s): oak
Scientific Name: Quercus macrocarpa

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Shipping

Below are some factors we consider when determining when to ship the plants depending on the timing of the order.

Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.


If there is extreme heat we may delay shipping for a week or several weeks.
We review what areas the plants are traveling through as well as your location.

Fall into Winter

We’ll ship plants out all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!


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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations