bur oak

(Quercus macrocarpa)

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

bur oak


N5? - Secure

SNR - Unranked


not listed


Great Plains

FACU - Facultative upland


FAC - Facultative

Northcentral & Northeast

FACU - Facultative upland


See Subordinate Taxa (below) for identifying information.

Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 28.


Bur oak is the most common oak and one of the most common trees in Minnesota. It is the official State Tree of Iowa.



Fagaceae (beech)












Quercus (white oak)

Subordinate Taxa

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. depressa)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)




blue oak

bur oak

mossy over-cup oak

scrub oak











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bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

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  Trees with Don Leopold - bur oak

Published on Dec 12, 2013

Don Leopold demonstrates the characteristics of bur oak.

Content produced by Christopher Baycura for the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF).

  How to ID Quercus macrocarpa
How to ID Quercus macrocarpa

Uploaded on Nov 19, 2008

Short video with the top identifying characteristics for Quercus macrocarpa

  Burr Oak.mov
Kimberly Wade

Uploaded on Sep 9, 2010

Richard Weber, owner of Springhouse Gardens, talked about the Burr Oak during a Tree Walk hosted at The Lexington Cemetery. The Lexington Cemetery is home to more than 200 species of trees.





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