Tree Detail

Quercus macrocarpa


Oak, Bur

Quercus macrocarpa   

Category: deciduous tree   Size: large

Mature Size: 40 - 50' height; 35 - 45' width

Zone: 3 - 8   Growth Rate: slow

Foliage: simple, lobed, oblong

Elevation (if known): To 8000'

Water: More tolerant of drought than Swamp White Oak.

Soil : tolerates poor soils, but chlorosis may be a problem in alkaline soils. Well-adapted to alkaline soils, high clay content, and poor drainage.

Sun: full

Comments: Hardy, long lived. Has a tap root. Trees grown in urban areas, the tap root becomes much less prominent as the tree grows older, giving way to a more shallow, horizontal root system.

Warnings: If soil is not compacted, roots usually stay below the soil surface.

Alamosa Tree Board Recommended? yes

Street Tree? yes   Street Tree Conditions: Requires care to establish. Allow enough soil space.

CO/NM native? no   Native to: North America

Known Locations: Cole Park, Zapata Park. Mixed results. Sometimes just doesn't come back.

Information Sources: Alamosa Tree Board; Salida, CO, Tree Guide; S Group of State Foresters