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Bur Oak Tree

Types of Bur Oak Trees

The Bur Oak tree (Quercus macrocarpa) is a single species, but there are various cultivars and regional variations within the species. These variations may exhibit slightly different characteristics while still belonging to the same species.

Quercus macrocarpa

This is the standard species of the Bur Oak tree, characterized by its large size, broad crown, deeply lobed leaves, and acorns with fringed caps. It is the most commonly found type in its native range.


This cultivar is known for its distinctive mossy appearance on the acorn caps, which gives it its name. The acorns have a pronounced fringe and are often larger than those of the standard species.



The Bur Oak variety with cork-like ridges on its bark adds an intriguing texture to its appearance, especially in winter when the bark becomes more pronounced.

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