Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Big Burly Bur Oak


This is my big burly Bur Oak, leafing out and shedding delicate little wisps of pollen. Hardly looks like the giant that it is.

Quercus macrocarpa, also called Burr Oak, is a slow-growing, tall tree that lives a long life. It develops a massive trunk and is a great shade and windbreak tree. It is very adaptable, and its leaves turn yellow, lime green and rust in the fall. Research shows that the tree will bear acorns in the nursery in 10 years.

My Bur oak is now 10 years old, and dropped one lone but very large acorn for me two months ago.